Napoli took all three points on Monday night as they overcame a spirited Atalanta side to reduce the gap on Serie A leaders Juventus to eight points.
The visitors got off to a dream start at the
Key Talking Point
Gian Gasperini's side deserved a share of the spoils on Monday night and will feel hard done by after an energetic showing. Gasperini has the makings of a good side and has players that are capable of troubling the best side's in Italy. Atalanta's unbeaten run in October that has seen them climb to 11th in the table demonstrates that threat.
Better delivery from set pieces and more clinical finishing would've seen Atalanta climb to seventh; Gasperini and Atalanta's fans must take pride from another impressive performance against one of the league's top sides.
Starting XI: Berisha (5); Mancini (6), Palomino (6), Masiello (5); Hateboer (6), De Roon (5), Freuler (5), Gosens (6); Gomez (7), Rigoni (4), Zapata (7).
Subs: Valzania (4)
Atalanta's star man Alejandro Gomez was again pivotal in attack, playing in behind strikers Zapata and Emiliano Rigoni. The Argentine's agility and deft turns saw him open up the visitors defence with ease though was let down by his teammates poor decision making in the final third.
Rigoni earned his first start of the season for Gian Gasperini's side with Josip Ilicic suspended for Monday's clash. The Argentine winger struggled to impose himself on the game and elected to run down blind alleys when easy passes were surely the better option.
Key Talking Point
Carlo Ancelotti's side travelled to Bergamo under pressure, after a lacklustre performance last time out against Chievo saw them drop more points in their pursuit of runaway league leaders Juventus.
Ancelotti will be pleased by his side's professional display, and will know that earning maximum points ahead of the winter break will be key in his side having any chance of mounting a challenge for the title with Juve almost out of sight already.
Starting XI: Ospina (5); Maksimovic (5), Albiol (6), Koulibaly (7), Mario Rui (6); Callejon (5), Allan (5), Hamsik (6), Fabian (6); Insigne (7), Mertens (6).
Substitutes: Milik (7), Zielinski (5)
Insigne stood out in a fixture that lacked moments of real quality in attack from either side. The Italian provided his side with a creative spark in attack alongside Dries Mertens and consistently found his man with an impressive range of passing.
Nikola Maksimovic, deployed at right back, was wasteful in possession and struggled at times against the physicality of Duvan Zapata. The Serbian centre-back looks far more comfortable in the heart of defence for Ancelotti's side and lacks the ball-playing capabilities to offer any attacking outlet at right-back.