Great win! Electric atmosphere.
I thought we were outplayed for large passages of the first half and early in the second. Very poor first half in terms of playing football, but well organized in defense for the most part. Too many bad paces and lost duels in that half. Our defending of corners was also poor.
Atalanta will wonder how they ended drawing the first half, but they did not create many chances. Loved seeing their fans clapping in the end of the game. Gasperini deserves credit too.
The second half much better, we really stopped them. We never seem able to really control games in possession, which I’d like to see. Part of it may be Gattuso who seems above all a counter attacking-oriented manager, but also we likely just don’t have the players.
Our midfield was more flexible than usual. Players moved everywhere. On paper I like it. But it was also at points chaotic, and ultimately we were dominated in the first half. Poor performances by several players did not help. We have improved a lot better much better mentally for sure.
Donnarumma was suspect in Atalanta’s first goal, but it was very hard to stop. Otherwise very solid even if he did not have a ton to do. Very good with the ball. People have been very critical of this because of the early games, but he is actually very confident.
Calabria very enthusiastic. Solid as usual
Romagnoli is great. Beat by Zapata once or twice, but overall good.
Musacchio has improved a lot.
Rodriguez destroyed by Ilicic in their goal. Not a guarantee in defense, not very dangerous in attack. Great cross though for Piatek’s goal.
Kessie moved to the center of midfielder at some points, looked better, much more mobile and moved well. Much better than when stuck to righ mezzala. He was beat several times. Everybody talks about his poor football intelligence and decision-making, but it is often his terrible technique that lets him down. Missed a very easy chance in first half and another half chance. Many missed passes, horrible ball control. He improved quite a bit in the second half.
Bakayoko. Some great tackles. Good, simple decisions. He too was beat repeatedly by several players, but also just impressive, moves vertically, lots of impetus.
Paquetá was positionally very good, and the guys just has lots and lots of quality – his skill is truly something to behold, does some stuff with the ball I have rarely seen players do. Overdoes his thing where he hides the ball putting his foot on top and turning back… He’s great at it but does it all the time and in dangerous areas. Too smart sometimes, should have scored a goal in the 75’ but tried some fancy move.
Hakan, pretty much useless in the first half other than moving and trying. Then extraordinary goal! I ****ing told you!!! Then immediately after that a great corner from him! And then a good play intercepting an Atalanta attack and a long range pass. As said, this could really make a difference.
Suso very poor, barely present. Erratic. Garbage performance in first half. Tactically disciplined though, helps in defense. Better in second half, much more involved, but still many missed passes and just poor. Should have been replaced earlier in the second half.
Piatek very dangerous and extremely energetic. Amazing first goal. Great movement, extraordinary finish. Striker’s striker. Seems like a jewel and is in deadly form.
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