Atalanta vs Milan is a relatively local derby with Bergamo, the home of Atalanta, sitting to the north-west of Milan. However, the two sides could not be more different in terms of their history of success or the methods with which they construct their squads.
Milan are one of the most decorated sides in European football with seven victories in the European Cup/Champions League. They have also won Serie A on 18 occasions. In contrast Atalanta who have not won a major honour since the 1962/63 season, when they won the Coppa Italia. Milan have a history of expensive recruitment, most recently signing Polish striker Krzysztof Piatek for a reported €35 million in the January transfer window. Atalanta on the other hand have a strong record of youth development and signing undervalued players.
These characteristics of the two sides provide a fascinating backdrop to this fixture but the narrative was broader than that. Atalanta have been one of the most consistent attacking teams in Europe this season under their exciting coach Gian Piero Gasperini and have impressed with their attacking intent.
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