After a disappointing 1-0 loss away to Fiorentina in Serie A Week 1, Torino FC play host to Atalanta BC in Week 2, at the Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino. This matchup looms as a difficult one for the Granata, with the team from Bergamo defeating Torino 7-0 in their last meeting, in January. Atalanta finished 3rd in Serie A last season, despite losing 3-2 to Torino in their first meeting, also in Week 2, of the 2019/2020 campaign. That match was played at the Ennio Tardini Stadium in Parma, due to renovations taking place at Atalanta’s Gewiss Stadium.
This will be Atalanta’s first game of the season, their Week 1 matchup with Lazio postponed to September 30, due to the Orobici’s participation in the Champions League knockout stages in August.
On the eve of the match, coach Marco Giampaolo told Torino Channel that the team must improve, and that they are still a long way from his idea of how football should be played. Specifically, the Granata Mister stressed the need to improve their percentage of possession with the football, and of “standing tall” on defence. He praised defender Armando Izzo for his performance against Fiorentina, and said he hasn’t decided whether Kosovan International Mërgim Vojvoda will start the match vs Atalanta. Finally, Giampaolo welcomed back the 1000 fans who will be in attendance at the Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino, because “Football without fans is sad,” and said he hopes that more fans will be allowed back in the stadiums soon.
Torino has their work cut out for them against the side who scored the most goals in Serie A last season. However, with another week of training with Giampaolo under their belts, hopefully the Granata Ragazzi will be more in sync tactically, work hard and sweat for the jersey, and perhaps come away with the three points.
Prediction: Torino 2-2 Atalanta