Gian Piero Gasperini’s Atalanta FC have taken Serie A by storm of late, with the Italians finishing in the top three for the last two seasons and looking set to do it again.
Gasperini took charge in the 16/17 season, guiding Atalanta to a fourth-place finish. The season before that, Atalanta had finished thirteenth.
Despite a lack of household names or big transfers, Gasperini had Atalanta challenging Inter for the title this season. Let’s take a look at the tactics he has used and how Spurs could function under him.
Atalanta have favoured the 3-4-1-2 formation over the past few seasons, so centre-back signings would definitely be needed.
Gasperini uses his full-backs as goal threats and this season, Robin Gosens, their starting left-wing back is the team’s third top goal scorer in the league with 10. Gosens has also provided 6 assists.
Although their right-backs do not pile on as much as Gosens, each has provided 2 goal contributions in the league (TransferMarkt).
Another key component of Gasperini’s system is the positional interchange of his forwards. There must be a strong understanding between the forwards to make this work, something that has already developed at Spurs, particularly between Heung-Min Son and Harry Kane.
Overall, Gasperini has been very successful despite having limited resources, something the next Spurs manager must be able to do if the side is to succeed.
Should Gasperini be appointed, it could help the club build back up to the Champions League and return to the “Tottenham Way.”
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