Even though it’s still the early months of the 2019-20 season, the good vibes around Atalanta haven’t dissipated all that much coming off its dream run to the Champions League last spring. Of course, that has a lot to do with what La Dea has been doing this season, with Gian Piero Gasperini again guiding his team into contention for another Champions League spot.
With all that being said, things haven’t exactly been all that great form-wise for Atalanta as of late. The Champions League has proven to be quite the jump up as expected, plus Gasperini’s side has just one win in its last five games domestically that has seen them drop from third to fifth entering this first weekend of games after the November international break.
Speaking of a team that hasn’t been playing well lately — that would be Juventus.
And what do you know? Juventus just so happens to be in Bergamo to face Atalanta as we get another string of games underway following a somewhat eventful international break for a change. Juventus, while still in first place in the Serie A standings, enters this game both struggling to replicate its early-season kind of form and without a good chunk of its regular starting lineup, most notably with Cristiano Ronaldo not called up after the back-and-forth of the injury saga we’ve seen the last three weeks.
You know, play Atalanta at the same stadium — while its remolded beautifully — where Juve embarrassingly crashed out of the Coppa Italia last season.
And while Juventus might be undefeated in 27 of its last 28 games against Atalanta in all competitions, it’s by no means been and easy road.
Now, as Juve look to snap out of its late-October and early-November funk that saw them grind out results rather than impress on their way to victory, the hope is that a couple of weeks away will have been the chance to hit the reset button in a way. Or, at the very least, being on international duty with their respective countries helped the players rest up a little bit after a three-week stretch where it was game after game after game without much rest in between.
Let’s hope Juventus can right the ship a bit while keeping ahold of first place in Serie A.
If not, we’ll be talking about Inter possibly jumping over Juve in the standings a few hours from now.
When: Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019
Where: Gewiss Stadium, Bergamo, Italy
Official kickoff time: 3 p.m. local time in Italy and across Europe; 2 p.m. in the United Kingdom; 9 a.m. Eastern Time; 6 a.m. Pacific Time
Juventus starting XI (4-3-1-2): Szczesny; Cuadrado, Bonucci, De Ligt, De Sciglio; Khedira, Pjanic, Bentancur; Bernardeschi; Higuain, Dybala
Juventus bench: Pinsoglio, Buffon, Ramsey, Douglas Costa, Danilo, Matuidi, Emre Can, Rugani, Demiral
Atalanta starting XI (3-4-2-1): Gollini; Toloi, Palomino, Djimsiti; Hateboer, De Roon, Freuler, Gosens; Gomez, Pasalic; Barrow
Atalanta bench: Rossi, Sportiello, Kjaer, Masiello, Muriel, Arana, Piccoli, Da Riva, Castagne, Ibanez, Traore, Colley
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