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The pick of matches from Italy for this weekend is the Sunday-night thriller from Bergamo which sees Atalanta host AC Milan at the Gewiss Stadium. La Dea and the Rossoneri are two of the most stylish teams in Serie A, as well as being clubs which are hopeful of winning the title – or at least finishing in the top four.
Atalanta, however, have not quite managed to find the consistency and performance they have demonstrated in recent seasons, prompting manager Gian Piero Gasperini to rue their inability to bring in another striker in the transfer market.
“I would always bring in new forwards, as you can make the difference in balanced games like this one. At the same time, I must recognise we were the top scorers in Serie A last season, so we just have to repeat that,” explained Gasperini. “We’ve been playing with the same strikers basically for the last three years. I do think the team improved in every other area and can give us satisfaction this season.”
This round also features the ‘Derby della Mole’, the Turin derby between Torino and Juventus at the city’s Stadio Olimpico on Saturday evening. Neither side will be satisfied with their start to the 2021-22 league campaign, but a win in this clash could spark their season and prove a turning point.
A busy Sunday opens with an early-afternoon clash between Bologna and Lazio, while the early-evening clashes see Napoli face Fiorentina away from home and Roma welcome Empoli to the ‘Eternal City’. The Neapolitans look a renewed club under manager Luciano Spalletti, with striker Andrea Petagna praising the influence of the veteran tactician.
“We demonstrated to be strong and to have prepared well for the game, Spalletti is great in this regard,” said Petagna. “Now, we need to recharge. The coach is great and makes everyone give their all, he gives us serenity and we perform our best. We are a strong team and we demonstrated this last year too, we were lacking something in our character and this season we have added it.”
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Serie A broadcast details, 1-3 October 2021
All times CAT
Friday 1 October
20:45: Cagliari v Venezia – LIVE on SuperSport Football and SuperSport GOtv Select 1
Saturday 2 October
15:00: Salernitana v Genoa – LIVE on SuperSport Football and SuperSport GOtv Select 1
18:00: Torino v Juventus – LIVE on SuperSport Football and SuperSport GOtv Select 1
20:45: Sassuolo v Internazionale – LIVE on SuperSport Football and SuperSport GOtv Select 1
Sunday 3 October
12:30: Bologna v Lazio – LIVE on SuperSport Football, SuperSport Maximo 2 and SuperSport GOtv Select 1
15:00: Verona v Spezia – LIVE on SuperSport Variety 2
15:00: Sampdoria v Udinese – LIVE on SuperSport Football and SuperSport GOtv Select 1
18:00: Fiorentina v Napoli – LIVE on SuperSport Variety 3
18:00: Roma v Empoli – LIVE on SuperSport Football and SuperSport GOtv Select 1
20:45: Atalanta v AC Milan – LIVE on SuperSport Football and SuperSport GOtv Select 1