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Why Gian Piero Gasperini is a perfect fit for The Azzurri

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By Football Italiano

Thursday 11 January 2018

Recent months have seen a distinct rise of interest in the Italian Serie A, mostly down to the sudden likelihood in Juventus losing their grip over the regular monopoly. The Old Lady of Turin still sealed their place as champions but how closely they were followed by Roma and Napoli gave hopes over an upset in the next attempt. Meanwhile, Atalanta went under the radar but finished fourth, resulting ahead of Lazio and both Milan clubs, and following closely behind the top three, who sealed their place in the Champions League.

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Veteran Italian manager Gian Piero Gasperini led Atalanta to their impressive high finish in the table, differing massively over the club’s usual standings, where they’d previously finished thirteenth, seventeenth, eleventh and fifteenth. He’s completely reinvented the way in which Atalanta play, inspiring a side who once held onto dreams of a top half finish but were now resulting high enough to feature in European competitions.

It’s no surprise with all things considered to see the fifty-nine-year-old linked with the Italian national team job, which continues to be left precariously vacant after sacking Gian Piero Ventura back in November after failing to push The Azzurri to this summer’s World Cup.

Considering the names linked to the Italy job, Gian Piero Gasperini’s doesn’t carry all too much weight, but he’s proven far more in eighteen months than many will give him credit for. He spent just £10m last season on the long road to their high finish, making a profit of over £20m on the players he allowed to leave the Stadio Atleti Azzuri d’Italia. Another clear-out was conducted over the last summer window too, obtaining nearly £40m in transfer funds and breaking even in bringing twelve permanent signings to the club.

Gasperini himself has a wealth of experience through fourteen years as a coach and continues to defy the odds in charge of The Goddess, following a first season which consisted of big wins over Napoli, Inter Milan and Roma, as well as equally as hefty draws with Fiorentina, AC Milan, Roma and Juventus, with even more success in the current campaign. They currently sit with a seventh place position in the Serie A, level on points with sixth place Sampdoria, and taking plenty of positives from wins over Roma, AC Milan and Napoli in the Coppa Italia, as well as their draws with Fiorentina, Juventus and Lazio.

The team being formed by Gian Piero Gasperini guarantees a bright future whilst also not breaking the bank in the process, and it’s set to be an extremely promising improvement if they can keep hold of Argentine forward Alejandro Gomez, who continues to shine for The Goddess, forcing his way into the Argentina squad alongside the likes of Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain, Paulo Dybala, Angel di Maria and Mauro Icardi.

Although those foundations have been capably set by Gasperini, his departure would likely see Atalanta returning to the lowly side they were prior to his arrival, which is enough for fans of the club to feel even more hesitant to the thought of him leaving. The Azzurri faces a similar struggle to theirs but have far more quality to work with, so he’d surely be the perfect man for the job, proven best by his ability to work with what he’s got and see potential from miles away.

Everyone’s currently hyping up Carlo Ancelotti or Roberto Mancini to take on the role as Italy manager, and who can blame them? It’s just what any Italian would want – a big name to inspire a faltering Italy side to qualification in the next possible opportunity. Taking on another aging manager in similar style to Gian Piero Venture is already an off-putting prospect but based on his track record and a stubbornness to continue proving everyone wrong, Gasperini looks ready to step up to the plate.

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