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.
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.
COVID-19 cases continue to surge in Italy, so Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte ordered new limits on sport, playing games behind closed doors again.
Atalanta dominated possession, but were relatively toothless in attack and Sampdoria showed clinical counter-attacking instincts.
Claudio Ranieri asked Sampdoria to ‘show courage’ against Atalanta and Lazio, but is keeping his feet on the ground after surprise wins.
Gian Piero Gasperini takes ‘responsibility’ for the 3-1 home defeat to Sampdoria, as he made ‘too many’ experimental Atalanta changes.
Atalanta suffered a surprise second consecutive Serie A defeat, losing 3-1 at home to a counter-attack masterclass from Sampdoria.
Atalanta director Umberto Marino maintains the massive rotation against Sampdoria after their Champions League exploits means ‘it’s a squad we can rely on.’
Sampdoria director Carlo Osti sees the number of players out of contract at the club as a positive. ‘It can act as motivation.’
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.
Sampdoria coach Claudio Ranieri said Keita Balde and Adrien Silva are ‘improving’ and hope to see the Blucerchiati match ‘the determination’ of Atalanta.
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’.
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.
Former Italy CT and World Cup winner Marcello Lippi has revealed he has coached for the last time. ‘I’m definitely done with coaching’.
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.
Francesco Acerbi reveals the defeat to Sampdoria spurred Lazio on to their victory against Borussia Dortmund. ‘We were perfect in every way.’
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’.
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.
Claudio Ranieri believes Sampdoria were able to control Lazio thanks also to the more ‘experienced’ players they brought in this season.
Lazio were given a rude awakening at Marassi, as Sampdoria dominated with Fabio Quagliarella, Tommaso Augello and Mikkel Damsgaard goals.