Dominik is a decent addition to the side. An upgrade on de Roon? Potentially.
Serie A Openers
BOLOGNA 0-2 ATALANTA | ZAPATA, MURIEL
ATALANTA 2-0 UDINESE | ZAPATA, ILICIC
If I'm being completely transparent, I paid next to zero attention to our pre season friendlies having not played them myself, I felt it was necessary to dive head first into scouting for incoming players for this window just passed and for windows in the near future.
So with that I say, what's really the point in showing you them if I myself paid no attention? I don't think there is any. So with that being said we take a look at the two openers of our league season.
Bologna were first up on the opening day of the season away from home, by no means an easy fixture. Then again is any match up easy on an away day?
The lads had to work really hard for this win putting in a performance worthy of my highest praises. Luis Muriel scored the first goal of the season and it was substitute Duvan Zapata who came on and sealed a solid 2-0 victory.
A win, 2 goals and a clean sheet. Can't ask for any more than that. A thoroughly brilliant effort here.
It was Udinese who would fall to the exact same result. Duvan Zapata has started very well this year it has to be said, scoring 2 in 2 now. After being substituted and scoring last game our manager clearly felt he deserved to nick a start over Muriel and he's proven his faith to be well placed.
Josip Ilicic scored the second goal of the game to put us on 6 points, securing a fantastic start to the season with 2 wins from 2. Udinese were no match, and the scoreline only backs that up.
There's not a great deal more to say. For these games we did go out with our counter attacking style in a bid to familiarise the team with it for some of the bigger upcoming games. I plan for us to play a bit more positively soon against some of the lower sides, fingers crossed we can execute the match plan to the effect I want it to have.
Next month is tough, Napoli, Roma and we begin our CL Campaign against Olympiakos which is going to be nothing short of exciting! I'm really looking forward to getting stuck into the champions league, I think with the group we got we can definitely make a push to get through!