Serie 2018/19 Napoli Atalanta tactical analysis
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With Juventus winning their eighth consecutive Scudetto with victory over Fiorentina, attention in Serie A now turns to who will claim a Champions League spot. Napoli are now just five points away from confirming a return to the Champions League, and they faced Atalanta who have been the surprise package this season in Italy. In this tactical analysis, we look at how Atalanta have increased their chances of playing in Europe next season.

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Tactical analysis Napoli Atalanta Serie A

Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli set up in a 4-4-2 with Dries Mertens and Arkadiusz Milik as the front two. Highly-rated centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly partnered Vlad Chiricheș at the back. However, after 13 minutes Chiricheș was replaced by Sebastiano Luperto.

Atalanta played with their usual three at the back with Gianluca Mancini, Berat Djimsiti and Andrea Masiello starting. Highly rated Dutch defensive midfield Marten de Roon played in midfield with the combination of the physical Duván Zapata and the pacey Alejandro Gómes up front.

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