2014-15 SERIE A REVIEW

ATALANTA

2014-15 review

Serie A Pts P W D L F A
17th 37 38 7 16 15 38 57

Coppa Italia: Round of 16 / Team rating: 5 / Top scorer: Denis (8)

The Orobici had become accustomed to mid-table comfort, but Stefano Colantuono’s dismissal and a practical Edy Reja proved a necessary wake-up call, writes Barney Lloyd-Wood.

Safety first

It would not be absurd for the average fan of Atalanta to hope for better when the new season rolls around in August. Safe, if only by three points, they must be wondering what might’ve happened if Parma were not docked seven points and been torn apart by financial problems.

Undoubtedly a team that can do more than this with a good mix of youth and experience, but it has been a season to forget for the Bergamo club. Stefano Colantuono had been the longest-serving Serie A Coach until his surprise sacking in March, sitting on the Stadio Azzurri d’Italia bench for almost five years.

Edy Reja brought a more solid approach, although they continued to struggle on home turf, perhaps feeling the pressure of performing in front of angry ultras. The tension got to German Denis, who received a five-match ban for punching Lorenzo Tonelli in a post-Empoli ambush.

While the Nerazzurri will rejoice at securing their place in the top flight again, they will be looking to push on and move away from the relegation scrap next time around. For now, their report card reads: Must try harder.

The Coach - Stefano Colantuono (Weeks 1-25), Edy Reja (Weeks 26-38)

The experienced Reja, formerly of Lazio, has no doubt done well to keep Dea heads above water. He above all worked on their mentality and confidence, urging a more attacking style. With some strengthening in the summer, he could be the man to keep Atalanta fighting in the top flight should he decide to remain at the helm.

Player of the Year - Mauricio Pinilla

With goals scarce for Atalanta this season, the on loan forward was their second top scorer with just six (behind German Denis with eight), but the experienced Chilean was a welcome addition to the struggling side from Bergamo, with six assists, two man of the match awards and three spectacular overhead kicks.

Did You Know?

- Atalanta went unbeaten on their travels under Edy Reja, managing one win and five stalemates.

- The Orobici set a new negative club record with eight home defeats.

- Stefano Colantuono averaged 0.92 points per game, but Reja managed 1.07 per round.

Squad

No Pos Player Apps Gls Assists
57 GK Marco Sportiello 37 - -
1 GK Vlada Avramov 1 - -
78 GK Giorgio Frezzolini 1 (1) - -
29 D Yohan Benalouane 27 (2) 1 -
33 D Nicolo Cherubin 13 (3) - -
2 D Guglielmo Stendardo 24 (1) 2 -
20 D Giuseppe Biava 18 2 -
93 D Boukary Drame 28 (1) - 4
3 D Cristiano Del Grosso 13 (4) - 1
6 D Gianpaolo Bellini 15 - -
22 D Davide Zappacosta 29 (2) 3 1
13 D Andrea Masiello 14 (2) - -
5 D Lionel Scaloni 3 (2) - -
8 M Giulio Migliaccio 20 (8) 1 -
95 M Alberto Grassi 3 (1) - -
10 M Giacomo Bonaventura 1 - -
21 M Luca Cigarini 33 (3) - 3
16 M Daniele Baselli 22 (7) 2 2
17 M Carlos Carmona 33 (1) - -
77 M Cristian Raimondi 6 (2) - 2
28 M Urby Emanuelson 9 (5) - 3
11 M Maxi Moralez 30 (4) 5 6
10 M Alejandro Gomez 24 (6) 3 3
18 M Marcelo Estigarribia 9 (1) 1 -
7 M Marco D'Alessandro 25 (16) - 1
25 M Leonardo Spinazzola 2 (2) - -
31 M Salvatore Molina 4 (2) - -
99 A Richmond Boakye 19 (11) 3 -
19 A German Denis 32 (5) 8 -
51 A Mauricio Pinilla 14 (2) 6 2
9 A Rolando Bianchi 21 (18) - 1
27 A Lorenzo Rosseti 1 (1) - -