Gasperini’s side on a roll winning six straight games in SERIE A with many pundits touting them Inter’s most likely title rivals. They face a Roma side whose form has been patchy but in and there about in the top 6. Mourinho’s tactics worked a charm against an Atalanta side which struggles to get back into defensive shape once an attack breaks down. Impressed with the hold up play from England striker Tammy Abraham for the opening goal. I can’t say he wasn’t selfish here. He had a player wide to the left and unmarked. But hey fortune favors the brave, he had the luck of the deflection.
Counter attacking soccer may be a dying part of the game but Jose like it or hate it does it well. Just like at Spurs with Son and Kane, Veretout and Zaniolo combined with devastating effectiveness for the Roma second. I can’t say Atalanta didn’t have plenty of chances. They dominated possession and attempts at goal restricting the Giallorossi to 29% of the ball and had 27 shots at goal. Zapata,Malinovsky and Palomino all had chances after Muriel pulled one back. Palomino’s offside goal at 1-2 down proved critical. Veretout was at it again, surely the man of the match, setting Tammy and Smalling to make the points safe. But of history here, the first time two Englishmen have scored in an Italian top flight game. Atalanta still 3rd, Roma now 6 points behind them on 31 points. Can Roma be more consistent now?Should Atalanta start considering defensive reinforcements in January?