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Last season undoubtedly was the best one ever for Atalanta, as they finished third in the Serie A, holding the best attack of the league, and achieved an historical qualification to the next Champions League Group stage, while also enjoying a great Coppa Italia run. With the campaign barely over, several clubs came to the management's doors asking for their stars, Zapata and Ilicic above all, and for the architect of their triumphs, Gian Piero Gasperini, but all their offers were immediately rejected. To prove how ambitious they are, they confirmed their key players and extended the deal with the coach, while guaranteeing him a competitive squad for the season ahead. Therefore, they tried strengthening their squad in every department. First of all, they had Pasalic’s loan from Chelsea renewed, as he had performed decently, especially towards the end of the past season. Moreover, they added some needed depth in the attack, acquiring Muriel, who can be unstoppable in his best days but is too discontinuous. They invested plenty of cash also on the talented Malinovsky, who might become a protagonist in the midfield, and a valid cover for Ilicic, whose past campaign was limited by injuries. In order to fund those arrivals, they had to sell the Italian international Mancini, but he was wisely replaced by the expert Skrtel, thus injecting some highly-needed European experience into the defence. Considering how injury-prone Masiello, Palomino and Toloi tend to be, Atalanta need at least one more defender and, possibly, one more attacking midfielder.
The past campaign was a bizarre one for Bologna as they were first heading towards the bottom with Filippo Inzaghi in charge while they eventually finished in the top 10, with 30 points out of the last 17 games, once Sinisa Mihajlovic took the reins of the team. The Serbian coach was obviously confirmed at the helm but then the shocking news arrived that he is fighting against leukaemia. Nevertheless, he will continue in charge. He will have to deal with a rather renewed squad, though, as the loans of such regulars as Mattiello and Lyanco came to an end, while the likes of Nagy and Pulgar went to pastures new, thus leaving the squad weaker at the back and in the middle of the park. In order to overcome such defensive departures, and last season’s weaknesses, Bologna signed in a few centre-backs: Bani, who had a disastrous season with Chievo Verona, the promising Japanese Tomiyasu and the more experienced Denswil, the latter pair both coming from the Jupiler League. In the middle of the park, they only added Schouten from Excelsior, who lacks the experience needed to be a starter, and so they are still short in this department, considering that they adopt a 4-2-3-1 formation. While they also added an interesting young winger for the attack, Skov Olsen, Bologna certainly made their best moves by turning the loans of Orsolini, Soriano and Sansone into permanent deals.

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