BLOG ITALIA
Monday December 11 2017
Wk16: Stalemate synchronicity

It was a weekend of dire draws, but some sides tried harder than others to break that deadlock, writes Susy Campanale.

This was an historic weekend, as Juventus, Napoli, Roma and Inter had not all played goalless draws in the same matchday since Week 17 of the 1965-66 campaign. I’d love to say it was not for want of trying, but that wouldn’t be entirely true. Some tried considerably harder than others.

Do Not Exclude From Feeds

Keep up to date with the latest news and action from Spain's Primera Division with Football Espana - from the team behind Football Italia.

NEWS
Sunday December 10 2017
Official: Genoa-Atalanta moved

The Serie A match between Genoa and Atalanta has officially been postponed to Tuesday evening due to a weather alert.

This Week 16 encounter was meant to kick off on Monday at 18.00 GMT.

However, it has been delayed by 24 hours after weather warnings due to snow in the Liguria area.

It will now kick off at Marassi on Tuesday at 18.00 GMT.

Enable Scroll-To-Play Video
Do Not Exclude From Feeds
NEWS
Sunday December 10 2017
‘Ballardini has revived Genoa’

Gian Piero Gasperini praises Davide Ballardini for ‘reviving’ Genoa and hopes Giuseppe Rossi can succeed at Marassi.

The Atalanta Coach, who has previously had two spells in charge of the Rossoblu, takes his side back to his former home tomorrow as the teams face off in Serie A.

“It’s always a pull to the heartstrings to go back to Genoa,” Gasperini admitted at his pre-match Press conference.

“Right now, Genoa are doing well. They are not in crisis like last year, Ballardini has revived them."

Enable Scroll-To-Play Video
Do Not Exclude From Feeds
NEWS
Sunday December 10 2017
Ballardini praise for Gasp

Genoa Coach Davide Ballardini hails the work of Atalanta’s Gian Piero Gasperini as the teams prepare to face off.

La Dea come into Monday evening’s encounter on the back of an impressive Europa League group campaign, which ended on Thursday with victory over Lyon.

“Atalanta are taking forward a continuous project they have had going on for two years,” Ballardini commented at a Press conference.

“They have great players and an excellent Coach like Gasperini. He’s a great Coach, there’s nothing else to add.

Enable Scroll-To-Play Video
Do Not Exclude From Feeds
NEWS
Thursday December 7 2017
Europa League: Napoli not top seeds

Atalanta, Milan and Lazio are top seeds in the Europa League Round of 32 draw, but Napoli risk a much tougher fixture.

The Partenopei drop down into the competition after finishing third in their Champions League group behind Manchester City and Shakhtar Donetsk.

Due to the co-efficient, Napoli will not be top seeds in the draw on Monday and run the risk of a very tricky opponent.

The most dangerous options are Arsenal, Atletico Madrid and Zenit, but Villarreal, Sporting CP and CSKA Moscow are not to be underestimated either.

Enable Scroll-To-Play Video
Do Not Exclude From Feeds
NEWS
Thursday December 7 2017
Petagna wants Balotelli clash

Andrea Petagna hopes Atalanta draw Nice in the Europa League Round of 32, so can face “my friend Mario Balotelli.”

The striker got the only goal with a glancing header to beat Olympique Lyonnais 1-0 this evening, allowing the Orobici to win their group.

“Finally, I managed to score a goal in Europe,” smiled Petagna on Sky Sport Italia.

Enable Scroll-To-Play Video
Do Not Exclude From Feeds
NEWS
Thursday December 7 2017
Gasperini: 'Atalanta gained belief'

Gian Piero Gasperini says Atalanta have gained “belief in our capabilities” after beating Olympique Lyonnais to win their Europa League group.

Andrea Petagna’s glancing header proved enough on the night, even if they would’ve been top with a draw.

Enable Scroll-To-Play Video
Do Not Exclude From Feeds
NEWS
Thursday December 7 2017
Liveblog: Europa League

Join us for the build-up and action from tonight’s Europa League games, as Atalanta host Lyon, Milan visit Rijeka and Lazio are at Zulte Waregem.

If you are on a mobile device or tablet, then follow the Liveblog HERE.

We begin at 18.00 GMT, where Atalanta have the opportunity to end the group phase in style by pipping Ligue 1 giants Olympique Lyonnais to first place.

Disable Scroll-To-Play Video
Do Not Exclude From Feeds
NEWS
Thursday December 7 2017
Gomez: 'Atalanta living the dream'

Alejandro ‘Papu’ Gomez confessed Atalanta “are truly living the dream that none of us expected” after beating Lyon to win their Europa League group.

Tonight’s 1-0 victory with an Andrea Petagna header meant they remain unbeaten and go through to the Round of 32 as group winners.

Enable Scroll-To-Play Video
Do Not Exclude From Feeds
NEWS
Thursday December 7 2017
EL: Atalanta pip Lyon to group

Andrea Petagna’s glancing header proved enough for Atalanta to get the better of Olympique Lyonnais, winning their Europa League group.

Follow all the action as it happens from this game, Rijeka-Milan and Zulte Waregem-Lazio on the LIVEBLOG.

Both these sides had already qualified and the Orobici needed only a point to be sure of top spot, so they kept squad rotation to a minimum.

Enable Scroll-To-Play Video
Do Not Exclude From Feeds