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BVB vs Atalanta Bergamo: Preview and Match Thread

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A final test.

AC Milan v Borussia Dortmund - 2017 International Champions Cup China Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images

eWe’re inching closer to the end of meaningless games and to the start of the season which technically begins on Saturday with the Supercup game against Bayern.

Today the team will take on Atalanta Bergamo, the surprise team of last year’s Serie A campaign. Bergamo finished fourth ahead of clubs like Lazio, Fiorentina and both Milan-based clubs with an exciting team.

However the usual mechanics of the football business that we know all too well here in Dortmund took their toll on this squad this summer. Arguably both of their best players from last season, Franck Kessié and Andrea Conti, left for AC Milan. Nevertheless they still have some interesting players with young striker Andrea Petagna, center back Mattia Caldara and left winger Leonardo Spinazzola who are both players from Juve that will play this season on loan in Bergamo.

Bergamo tried to compensate their losses by adding a few new young and talented players that are mostly unknown and they will try to mold them into the next Kessié or Conti. One of them being Timothy Castagne who joined them from KRC Genk to replace Conti at right back. Their biggest new acquisition is undoubtedly Josip Ilicic from AC Fiorentina and who will hopefully provide some experience and guidance for a very young squad.

The Italian team led by Gian Piero Gasperini will be a tough test for Dortmund and it will be interesting to see if Bosz’s players are ready for this task.

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For all the German, Swiss and Austrian viewers out there, the game will be on TV (Eurosport) or on BVBs social media channels.

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