La Repubblica (Luigi Bolognini) How good were Atalanta. How bad were Roma. It wasn’t going to be an easy game for Spalletti, he knew that, given that the opposition were coming off 6 wins and a draw. But the Bergamaschi’s 2-1 win doesn’t reflect just how they battered Roma after half time: the Giallorossi sank after wave after wave of attacks led by the fantastic Kessié and Galgliardini (and Gomez, Freuler, Spinazzola and the others) in the second half, and Kessié’s penalty was the just reward for a game in which he was everywhere. Credit to Gasperini as well, as he was the clear winner against Spalletti in their tactical battle.
During their time together at Genoa, Gian Piero Gasperini constantly told Diego Perotti: “Smile, Diego, have a laugh once in a while.” When he brought Perotti to Genoa, the Argentine was a shadow of the man who had once been one of Europe’s hottest properties. Just a couple of years ago, it seemed like he was finished – so much so that Sevilla, who had previously set his release clause at €48m, were prepared to let him go to Genoa for just €350,000 plus a 10% sell-on fee. Now, Perotti is a new man, capable once again of taking on players with ease and confidence. As Roma and Perotti prepare to face Gasperini, currently in charge at Atalanta, it’s worth reflecting on his rise to fame at Sevilla, his downward spiral through injury, and his hard climb back to the top.