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FM21 Atalanta Attacking Tiki-Taka 5-2-2-1 Tactic | Team Guide

FM21 Atalanta Attacking Tiki-Taka 5-2-2-1 Tactic | Team GuideFootball Manager 2021 Atalanta tactic and team guide. Club culture and board requirements, tactics, key players, youth prospects and potential transfers in FM21.


Here is a brief analysis of the Atalanta squad, their club structure, relationship any potential managers will have with the board, expectations and possible tactics any FM21 manager can use.

About the club


Atalanta are a professional football club that ply their trade in Serie A . Interestingly, the club was founded by a few students and their teacher at a gym in Bergamo. 

Atalanta are referred to as the queen of the provincial clubs in Italy to mark the fact that they are one of the most consistent clubs that are not based out of a regional capital having played 59 out of their 88 seasons in the top flight of Italian football. 

Atalanta reached the UEFA Cup winners cup in 1988 while playing in the Serie B. This is the best performance by a non-first division club in any UEFA competition till date. They have also participated in the Europa League 4 times, reaching the quarterfinals once. They are a relatively small club though with a stadium capacity of just 21,000.
 

Board Requirements


Atalanta have qualified for the Champion’s League for their first time in their history by finishing 3rd in the league for the 2nd time in a row. The minimum board requirements once you take over should be

FM21 Atalanta Board Requirements

    1. Qualify for the Euro cup (Top 6 finish)
    2. Make the knockout stages of the UEFA Champion’s league
    3. Make the QF of the Italian Cup/Coppa Italia.

Additionally, you will be required to play high-tempo pressing football which should be entertaining with an emphasis on building a strong attack. You will be required to develop players using the club’s excellent youth system. You will also be required to look at lower leagues to catch untapped talent.

The youth and training facilities at Atalanta are really good, the youth recruitment is amongst the best in the game and you will learn to heavily rely on this to build a strong squad with Atalanta.

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Squad, Formation and Tactical Style


Atalanta are generally a very attacking team and rely on outscoring opponents. They employ a high pressing fast-paced style of football in real life and it is best to mimic that in the game. A vertical tiki-taka is most suited for their squad of players.

A 3-4-2-1 is probably the best-suited formation to the available squad of players. This is incidentally how they line up in real life as well. This also helps them maintain the width and releasing the ball quickly to counter opponents.

A rough example of what your line-up would look like in a 3-4-2-1 formation is as follows,

FM21 Atalanta Tactics



Pierluigi Gollini as a regular keeper.

Cristian Romero, Berat Djimsiti & Rafael Toloi as the 3 centre backs. Toloi & Djimsiti can be played as a Ball Playing Defenders.

Hans Hateboer & Robin Gosens as the 2 wing backs. Increased crossing instructions to take advantage of their attacking ability.

Marten De Roon & Remo Freuler as the 2 central midfielders, the former as a box to box midfielder and the latter as a ball-winning midfielder.

Alejandro Gomez as the attacking playmaker who needs to be given a completely free role & Josip Ilicic as an Attacking midfielder.

Duvan Zapata as a lone striker in an Advanced Forward role.

Alternatively, you can deploy a 4-3-3 and play Mario Pasalic as a roaming playmaker and play Papu Gomez as a winger.

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Key Players


1. Alejandro Gomez


FM21 Papu Gomez

Papu Gomez is the captain and the best player of Atalanta. He is very versatile and can operate in multiple positions. His returns up front are crucial in securing results.

2. Duvan Zapata


FM21 Duvan Zapata

Zapata is a massive aerial threat and is a beast of a striker. Having scored 43 goals in 70 league games Zapata has been clinical for Atalanta it is crucial you maintain his fitness to get favourable results.

3. Josip Ilicic


FM21 Josip Ilicic

Ilicic is extremely versatile and is lethal in front of a goal. He also has the ability to create goals making him a key player for Atalanta.

4. Robin Gosens


FM21 Robin Gosens

The wingback popped up with remarkable 9 league goals last season and is an extreme threat in attack. His height and aerial prowess are an added advantage from set-pieces.

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Weaknesses


1. The quality of backups in the squad may not be up to the quality and could prove fatal if your squad is affected by injuries.

2. You run the risk of some talents being poached by other clubs especially in search of higher wages.

3. Being a relatively small club, the wage and transfer budgets are not in par with the other competitors making a top 4 finish very difficult to secure.

Potential Transfers (in)


Atalanta are not the best squad in the league with respect to squad depth, these players could be welcome additions to the side.

· Nikola Milenkovic

· Eric Pulgar

· Rolando Mandragora

Potential Transfers (Out)


These players may be surplus to requirements at the club or may not be of the expected quality.

· Ruslan Malinovskiy

· Alexi Miranchuk

Youth Prospects


There are a few exciting young prospects in the ranks who have the potential to be some of the best players in the league. A few examples are,

1. Davide Bettella


FM21 Davide Bettella

Bettella is one of the best wonderkid defenders in the game and he can go on to become the leader in defence for Atalanta in the future years.

2. Bosko Sutalo


FM21 Bosko Sutalo

Another promising centre back from the academy, Sutalo is already good enough to be a squad player for Atalanta and will only improve in the future.

3. Roberto Piccoli


FM21 Roberto Piccoli

Piccoli is a tall striker in the mould of Zapata and can take over from Zapata in the future. He has the potential ability to be even better than Zapata and can be a goal machine for Atalanta.

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Summary


To summarize, Atalanta are a very exciting club to manage for many FM21 Managers but with a few hurdles. Will you be able to hold on to your young stars and build an empire with the club?

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