Atalanta vs. AC Milan is a true playoff for qualification to the Europa League following Juventus’ win in the Coppa Italia which means that the fifth, sixth and seventh sides in Serie A will qualify. The side that finishes will have to start early in the summer with three preliminary rounds to navigate. Separated by just a point, Atalanta and Milan have a huge amount to play for in this fixture. At the centre of this week’s statistical comparison powered by Opta are Mattia Caldara and Alessio Romagnoli who represent the future and present for Azzurri defending.
Gasperini’s Dea side are once again performing above expectations as they express themselves while showing passion and character. Despite the time out through injury, Caldara has been able to return to very high levels of performance as he’s made 22 league appearances and spent 1,980 minutes on the pitch.
On his part, Romagnoli is always a key man for the Rossoneri’s defence as he’s made 26 appearance for a total of 2,175 minutes of playing time. Both are very accurate when playing the ball out and bring security to their teams. Caldara has a pass success rate of 84.3 per cent from 935 attempts while Romagnoli is ahead with 91.1 per cent from 1,378 per cent. Their individual duel figures are very similar. The Atalanta defender has won out 55.8 per cent of the time from 199 episodes and the former Roma player 57.6 per cent of the time from a sample size of 165. 42 and 64 are the number of aerial duels won respectively while Caldara has won the ball back 191 times and Romagnoli 92.
They’re both very close in the tackle stats. Caldara has an efficiency rate of 67.6 per cent compared to 68.4 per cent for the Rossoneri man who has committed 30 fouls and been booked six times, and sent off once for receiving a second yellow card. The Atalanta man has been booked five times and has given away 31 fouls. The interception stats stand at 39 and 20.
The Atalanta man has scored three goals with one coming every 660 minutes while Milan’s number 13 has found the net twice with an average of one goal per every 1,087 minutes.