We are a poor team, in UEFA Champions League.

Atalanta have never spent more than €15m on a player yet coach Gian Piero Gasperini is building a Champions League–calibre team out of Alejandro “poor man’s Lionel Messi” Gomez, Luis “poor man’s Roberto Firmino” Muriel, and Marten “poor man’s N’Golo Kante” de Roon. The best stories, comments, and highlights from 2019/2020 Serie A Matchday 9 team of the week.

4-4-2 | Andrea Consigli (8.14, Hellas Verona vs Sassuolo); Antonio Candreva (8.94, Inter Milan vs Parma), Kalidou Koulibaly (7.54, SPAL 2013 vs Napoli), Federico Fazio (7.97, AS Roma vs AC Milan), Theo Hernandez (8.14, AS Roma vs AC Milan); Josip Ilicic (9.93, Atalanta vs Udinese), Marten de Roon (8.76, Atalanta vs Udinese), Mario Pasalic (7.78, Atalanta vs Udinese), Alejandro Gomez (8.29, Atalanta vs Udinese); Yann Karamoh (8.47, Inter Milan vs Parma), Luis Muriel (10.00, Atalanta vs Udinese)

ANDREA CONSIGLI

sassuolocalcio.it

Player rating: 8.14
Team score: Verona 0–1 Sassuolo
Individual highlights: 4 total saves, 1 key pass

ANTONIO CANDREVA

@Inter

Player rating: 8.94
Team score: Inter 2–2 Parma
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 1 assist

Antonio Candreva goal, Inter Milan vs Parma, Serie A 2019/2020
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Antonio Candreva assist Romelu Lukaku goal, Inter Milan vs Parma, Serie A 2019/2020
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KALIDOU KOULIBALY

@kkoulibaly26

Player rating: 7.54
Team score: SPAL 1–1 Napoli
Individual highlights: 6 tackles, 111 touches

FEDERICO FAZIO

forzaroma.info

Player rating: 7.97
Team score: Roma 2–1 Milan
Individual highlights: 12 clearances, 6 interceptions

THEO HERNANDEZ

forzaroma.info

Player rating: 8.14
Team score: Roma 2–1 Milan
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 101 touches

Davide Calabria assist Theo Hernandez goal, AS Roma vs AC Milan, Serie A 2019/2020
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JOSIP ILICIC

calciomercato.it

Player rating: 9.93
Team score: Atalanta 7–1 Udinese
Individual highlights: 2 goals, 5 shots

MARTEN DE ROON

atalanta.it

Player rating: 8.76
Team score: Atalanta 7–1 Udinese
Individual highlights: 2 assists, 5 key passes

"

We were a defensive team whose goal was to stay up in Serie A. A draw away from home would be celebrated as a good result.

Then Gian Piero Gasperini came in and said, 'We are Atalanta. We play to win, no matter who or where we play.' We play in Europe nowadays."

– Marten de Roon on Gian Piero Gasperini transforming Atalanta

MARIO PASALIC

@pasalicmario

Player rating: 7.78
Team score: Atalanta 7–1 Udinese
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 94% pass success

ALEJANDRO GOMEZ

@atalantabc

Player rating: 8.29
Team score: Atalanta 7–1 Udinese
Individual highlights: 2 assists, 3 shots on target

"

It's like going back to my youth in Argentina, when I’d play just to nutmeg people.

We're gaining Champions League confidence and experience, and absolutely enjoying our football."

– Alejandro Gomez on Atalanta's first ever season playing in UEFA Champions League

YANN KARAMOH

@ykaramoh

Player rating: 8.47
Team score: Inter 2–2 Parma
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 1 assist

Yann Karamoh goal, Inter Milan vs Parma, Serie A 2019/2020
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Yann Karamoh assist Gervinho Yao Kouassi goal, Inter Milan vs Parma, Serie A 2019/2020
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LUIS MURIEL

@Fantacalcio

Player rating: 10.00
Team score: Atalanta 7–1 Udinese
Individual highlights: 3 goals, 4 dribbles

"

I want to be like Roberto Firmino.

For me he is the best: He may not score 40 goals a season but he always manages to hurt you. I'm working on this aspect of my game with Gian Piero Gasperini."

– Luis Muriel on taking his game to the next level with Gian Piero Gasperini

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