Atalanta have never spent more than €15m on a player yet manager Gian Piero Gasperini has made 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 Serie A 2019/20 October highest-rated eleven.

4-4-2 | Gabriel Vasconcelos (8.71, Atalanta vs Lecce); Antonio Candreva (8.94, Inter vs Parma), Nikola Milenkovic (8.01, Fiorentina vs Udinese), Federico Fazio (7.97, Roma vs Milan), Theo Hernandez (8.14, Roma vs Milan); Josip Ilicic (9.93, Atalanta vs Udinese), Marten de Roon (8.76, Atalanta vs Udinese), Hakan Calhanoglu (9.46, Milan vs Lecce), Alejandro Gomez (9.19, Atalanta vs Lecce); Andreas Cornelius (10.00, Parma vs Genoa), Luis Muriel (10.00, Atalanta vs Udinese)

GABRIEL VASCONCELOS

@WhoScored

Player rating: 8.71
Team score: Atalanta 3–1 Lecce
Individual highlights: 12 total saves

ANTONIO CANDREVA

@inter

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

Antonio Candreva goal, Inter vs Parma, Serie A 2019/20
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Antonio Candreva assist Romelu Lukaku goal, Inter vs Parma, Serie A 2019/20
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NIKOLA MILENKOVIC

@acffiorentina

Player rating: 8.01
Team score: Fiorentina 1–0 Udinese
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 4 aerials won

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, Roma vs Milan, Serie A 2019/20
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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 the mental shift at Atalanta

HAKAN CALHANOGLU

tio.ch

Player rating: 9.46
Team score: Milan 2–2 Lecce
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 1 assist

Lucas Biglia assist Hakan Calhanoglu goal, Milan vs Lecce, Serie A 2019/20
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Hakan Calhanoglu assist Krzysztof Piatek goal, Milan vs Lecce, Serie A 2019/20
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ALEJANDRO GOMEZ

@atalantabc

Player rating: 9.19
Team score: Atalanta 3–1 Lecce
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 7 key passes

"

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

We're gradually gaining Champions League confidence and experience, and absolutely enjoying our football under Gian Piero Gasperini."

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

ANDREAS CORNELIUS

foxsports.it

Player rating: 10.00
Team score: Parma 5–1 Genoa
Individual highlights: 3 goals, 10 aerials won

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 for Atalanta

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