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Matchwinner Batshuayi proving Conte wrong while Chelsea struggle

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Matchwinner Batshuayi proving Conte wrong while Chelsea struggle   As Borussia Dortmund’s Europa League tie with Atalanta was winding down, the spoils seemed destined to be shared. The result would certainly have given the Serie A side the upper hand in the second leg, so the hosts needed a hero. Step forward Batman!    Having ensured that P...

Sunday's top tips: Trouble for leaders in Spain, Italy and France

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Sunday's top tips: Trouble for leaders in Spain, Italy and France   Atalanta vs Napoli - 11:30 KO / Match PreviewThis will be the second time these two sides have met in a matter of weeks since the turn of the year and if their Coppa Italia encounter was anything to go by the Serie A leaders will have a real game on their hands. Atalanta followed their scalp...

Six of the Best: Loanees impressing in Europe's top 5 leagues

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Six of the Best: Loanees impressing in Europe's top 5 leagues   Allan Saint-Maximin (Bastia from Monaco)He may need to work on his end product, with modest returns of 3 goals and 2 assists, but 19-year old Saint-Maximin has shown great promise this season. Joining Bastia on loan from Monaco following an unfruitful spell with Hannover in the Bundesliga, t...

The Expert: Caldara the rightful heir to Chiellini's Juventus throne

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The Expert: Caldara the rightful heir to Chiellini's Juventus throne   As Mattia Caldara spoke to journalists in the mixed zone at the San Paolo on Saturday night, his teammate Andrea Petagna walked past and shouted: “What a player!” Leonardo Spinazzola also stopped by and asked one of the reporters: “You do know you are interviewing a fenomen...

The Expert: Papu Gomez is Atalanta's gem in their stellar season

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The Expert: Papu Gomez is Atalanta's gem in their stellar season   Shortly before kick-off on Sunday, Atalanta welcomed veteran talent scout Mino Favini onto the pitch to wish him a Happy Birthday. Favini turned 81 last week. A place in the calcio hall of fame surely awaits. Atalanta are known as the Nursery of Italy because of him. Favini has an extraordin...

The reasons behind Inter’s rush to recruit €28m Gagliardini

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The reasons behind Inter’s rush to recruit €28m Gagliardini   If everything goes to plan, Inter will organise a car to take Roberto Gagliardini from Malaga airport to their winter training camp in Marbella. The Nerazzurri simply can’t wait to have him. While everyone else got to open their presents on Christmas day, it's as if they have been told...

Gasperini working wonders with youth at in form Atalanta

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Gasperini working wonders with youth at in form Atalanta   Maybe the colours were to blame. Blue and black do not seem to bring much luck to Gian Piero Gasperini. A career high swiftly became a new low in 2011 as Inter sacked him after just five games. At least Frank de Boer lasted until the beginning of November. Poor Gasperini didn’t make it...

The Start Behind Kessie's Early Billing as Next Yaya Toure

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The Start Behind Kessie's Early Billing as Next Yaya Toure   It’s early days. Too early to be putting two and two together - which, in this case equates to promising teenage Ivorian and powerful midfield player - and getting the next Yaya Toure. Reductive to a fault, the papers in Italy should really know better although the knee-jerk eagerness ...

De Roon Capture a Real Coup for Promoted Boro

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De Roon Capture a Real Coup for Promoted Boro   Gianpaolo Bellini squatted down before the Curva Nord and wiped away the tears with his thumb and forefinger. It was his last goodbye. Atalanta’s ultras had prepared a special choreography for their captain. A huge replica of his No.6 shirt was unfurled in the stands followed by a grea...

WhoScored Quiz: Serie A 2014/15 Round Up

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Serie A returns in just under 3 weeks. Why not whet your appetite with a quiz on last season's statistics?...

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