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Wednesday May 15 2019
Atalanta and Lazio, Power of Three

Gian Piero Gasperini and Simone Inzaghi have built their careers on the three-man defence, but Elio Salerno analyses the different tactical approaches of two Coppa Italia Finalists.

The three-man backline has long been synonymous with Italian football and is still extensively used in the modern day, with many of Serie A’s Coaches choosing to deploy a system underpinned by three at the back. There has been a resurgence in its use during the last decade and has perhaps been most famously used in recent times by Antonio Conte’s renowned ‘BBC’ 3-5-2 while in charge at Juventus.

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Tuesday May 14 2019
Gasperini: 'Atalanta can win Coppa'

Gian Piero Gasperini understands why some consider Atalanta the Coppa Italia favourites against Lazio tomorrow. “We have the mentality.”

The Final kicks off in Rome’s Stadio Olimpico on Wednesday at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT).

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Tuesday May 14 2019
Papu found all he wanted with Atalanta

Papu Gomez rejected big clubs because he wanted to be a protagonist, but Jay Cassano outlines how he combined ambition and affection at Atalanta.

When, in 2014, Atalanta signed 26-year old Alejandro ‘Papu’ Gomez for €8m from little-known Metalist Kharkiv, there were no front-page headlines. There were no pundits debating for days on end the merits of the signing. And the club from Bergamo had no idea they had just brought a future club icon to town.

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Tuesday May 7 2019
Milan: Paqueta's season over

Lucas Paqueta’s season is over after the Milan midfielder was given a three-match ban for his red card against Bologna.

Paqueta had been booked for reacting badly to a foul during Milan’s 2-1 win on Monday, but he was then shown a straight red card for tapping the arm of referee Marco Di Bello.

The suspension means the Brazilian will miss the Rossoneri’s remaining Serie A fixtures against Fiorentina, Frosinone and SPAL.

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Thursday April 25 2019
Gomez: 'Bring all of Bergamo to Rome'

Alejandro ‘Papu’ Gomez said Atalanta were focusing on the Coppa Italia Final ever since they knocked out Juventus. “We want to bring all of Bergamo to Rome.”

They beat Fiorentina 2-1 on the night, 5-4 on aggregate, to set up a showdown with Lazio at the Stadio Olimpico on May 15.

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Thursday April 25 2019
Gomez: 'Atalanta will always attack'

Atalanta drew 3-3 away from home in the first leg of the Coppa Italia semi-final, but Papu Gomez assures they’ll “still attack as always.”

It kicks off in Bergamo at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT), follow all the action as it happens on the LIVEBLOG.

“We hope it’ll be an open and exciting game. We will certainly try to score,” Papu told Rai Sport.

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Monday April 8 2019
The impossible Atalanta dream

Football Italia’s Chief Correspondent Richard Hall looks at Atalanta’s impressive form and asks, can they seriously qualify for the Champions League?

The moment the final whistle blew in San Siro, was the moment that Atalanta’s impossible dream suddenly looked real. The 0-0 draw with Inter had been less than inspiring, but the point was enough to take them into joint fourth spot. Now, the Champions League seemed possible, especially as the other contenders all conspired to slip up. There are certainly still some hurdles to jump before the finishing post looms, but their destiny is now largely in their own hands.

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Sunday April 7 2019
Gomez: 'Atalanta aiming high'

Atalanta captain Papu Gomez isn’t holding back as they face Inter at San Siro. “Our objective is the Europa League, but when we are this close to the Champions League places…”

It kicks off at 17.00 UK time (16.00 GMT).

You can follow all the action as it happens from this game, Lazio-Sassuolo and Napoli-Genoa on the LIVEBLOG.

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Wednesday April 3 2019
Boca want Biglia or Papu

Boca Juniors are targeting Milan midfielder Lucas Biglia and Atalanta captain Alejandro ‘Papu’ Gomez, it’s reported.

According to Fox Sports Argentina, the historic club is preparing a swoop for Serie A veterans this summer.

It is not the first time Boca have been linked with Gomez, as they had already been in negotiations with the trequartista last season.

As for Biglia, he could be interested in a return to Argentina as he nears the end of his career.

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Tuesday February 26 2019
Gasp: 'Away goal fundamental'

Gian Piero Gasperini has Papu Gomez back and believes it’s “fundamental” Atalanta get an away goal against Fiorentina in the Coppa Italia semi-final.

The first leg kicks off on Wednesday at 20.00 GMT at the Stadio Franchi.

“It’s going to be a very important match for the season, seeing as we reached this semi-final by eliminating Juventus, clearly we also raised expectations and hopes,” the Coach told Rai Sport.

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