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    04.05.2014 11:47 - in: Serie A S

    #TacticalTalk: Atalanta

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    The Nerazzurri’s 11th-placed standing in Serie A clearly shows they can be a threat, and a closer look reveals that striker German Denis and shots from distance represent their principal weapons

    Atalanta manager Stefano Colantuono has created an effective team unit this season, as his side’s position just four points off the top half of the league table shows.

    In fact, from March 2 to March 29 the Nerazzurri managed six consecutive top-flight wins for the first time in the club’s history, conceding just twice in the process.

    However, Juve’s next opponents have shipped goals in all of their last four league games and have been unable to score more than once themselves in any of those.

    But despite a drop-off in their overall form of late, they have been able to keep picking up points away from home. The Nerazzurri have emerged with the maximum in three of their last four trips on the road, conquering Lazio, Inter and Bologna before losing the most recent one to Roma.

    German Denis is the team’s top scorer with 12, maintaining his record of reaching double figures in every season at Atalanta since his 2011 arrival.

    However, only two of those strikes have come away from the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia, and the Argentine hasn’t managed to find the net in any of the 10 previous fixtures he’s played against Juve in Serie A. The Bianconeri are in fact the only team he hasn’t scored against.

    Giuseppe De Luca will also be a possible source of Nerazzurri goals for Antonio Conte’s men to keep tabs on – he’s bagged three in his last five – and they will need to be wary of the creative talents of Maxi Moralez too.

    Another Argentine, Moralez (who netted against Juve in December’s meeting) has set a new assist personal best with six, and has provided three in as many appearances before tomorrow’s clash.

    Atalanta have attempted to dribble past their man less than any other top-flight team; instead, one of their principal strategies is shots from distance, which they have managed to convert on no less than 11 occasions.

    Finishing with a look at the Nerazzurri’s formation, it was officially a 4-3-3 in their last match – a 1-1 draw at home to Genoa – although full-backs Cristiano Del Grosso and Yohan Benalouane in reality both pushed well up into midfield.

    In their last away match, on the other hand, it was a slightly different set-up. There was a more defensive appearance to Colantuono’s 4-4-1-1 against Roma on 12 April, but it was unable to prevent them from being defeated 3-1 at the hands of the Giallorossi.

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