Gasperini: 'Ajax are a point of reference'
Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini said the match against Ajax will ‘be a game with a higher level of difficulty’ despite the 3-1 defeat to Sampdoria in Serie A.
Liveblog: Serie A Wk5 Super Saturday
Follow all the build-up and action as it happens from today’s three Serie A games, as Atalanta host Sampdoria, Inter visit Genoa and Lazio expect goals against Bologna.
New COVID clampdown on sport
COVID-19 cases continue to surge in Italy, so Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte ordered new limits on sport, playing games behind closed doors again.
Highlights: Atalanta 1-3 Sampdoria
Atalanta dominated possession, but were relatively toothless in attack and Sampdoria showed clinical counter-attacking instincts.
Ranieri: 'Wanted courageous Sampdoria'
Claudio Ranieri asked Sampdoria to ‘show courage’ against Atalanta and Lazio, but is keeping his feet on the ground after surprise wins.
Gasperini: 'I take responsibility for Atalanta'
Gian Piero Gasperini takes ‘responsibility’ for the 3-1 home defeat to Sampdoria, as he made ‘too many’ experimental Atalanta changes.
Atalanta 1-3 Sampdoria: Dea stunned again
Atalanta suffered a surprise second consecutive Serie A defeat, losing 3-1 at home to a counter-attack masterclass from Sampdoria.
Marino: 'Can rely on Atalanta squad'
Atalanta director Umberto Marino maintains the massive rotation against Sampdoria after their Champions League exploits means ‘it’s a squad we can rely on.’
Osti: 'Sampdoria contracts are motivation'
Sampdoria director Carlo Osti sees the number of players out of contract at the club as a positive. ‘It can act as motivation.’
Line-ups: Atalanta v Sampdoria
Atalanta need to get back on track in Serie A, giving Josip Ilicic and Sam Lammers the chance to shine with Papu Gomez against Sampdoria.
Ranieri: 'Samp must match Atalanta's determination'
Sampdoria coach Claudio Ranieri said Keita Balde and Adrien Silva are ‘improving’ and hope to see the Blucerchiati match ‘the determination’ of Atalanta.
Gasperini: 'Serie A is tougher this year'
Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini said Josip Ilicic is ‘ready to play’ and expects a ‘tough game’ against Sampdoria. ‘The level in Serie A has increased’.
Injured Candreva misses Atalanta clash?
Antonio Candreva might miss Sampdoria’s next Serie A game against Atalanta with a thigh injury but could recover in time for the Genoa derby, reports in Italy claim.
Lippi: 'I'm done coaching'
Former Italy CT and World Cup winner Marcello Lippi has revealed he has coached for the last time. ‘I’m definitely done with coaching’.
Serie A Week 5 referees
The referees for Serie A Week 5 have been announced and the AIA has given Milan-Roma to Piero Giacomelli, as Fabrizio Pasqua oversees Juventus-Verona.
Acerbi: 'Lazio had to change'
Francesco Acerbi reveals the defeat to Sampdoria spurred Lazio on to their victory against Borussia Dortmund. ‘We were perfect in every way.’
Spadafora: 'Serie A needs Plan B and C'
Minister of Sport Vincenzo Spadafora said football has no ‘certainties’ to complete the season and urges Serie A to ‘find a Plan B and C’.
Immobile: 'Lazio must stay positive'
Lazio forward Ciro Immobile claims the critics doesn’t affect him, vows to ‘stay positive’ and aims to bounce back against former club Borussia Dortmund.
Ranieri: 'Experience valuable for Samp'
Claudio Ranieri believes Sampdoria were able to control Lazio thanks also to the more ‘experienced’ players they brought in this season.
Highlights: Sampdoria 3-0 Lazio
Lazio were given a rude awakening at Marassi, as Sampdoria dominated with Fabio Quagliarella, Tommaso Augello and Mikkel Damsgaard goals.
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