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The Five Best Azzurri Call-ups by Luigi Di Biagio

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Bryan Cristante (23, midfielder, Atalanta)

REGGIO NELL’EMILIA, ITALY – DECEMBER 07: Bryan Cristante of Atalanta warms up before the UEFA Europa League group E match between Atalanta and Olympique Lyon at Mapei Stadium – Citta’ del Tricolore on December 7, 2017 in Reggio nell’Emilia, Italy. (Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images)

After departing Milan several years back in search of first-team opportunity in Portugal with Benfica, Cristante had been searching for a place to call home; a place to jumpstart his promising career. Bouncing between Palermo and Pescara, the Italo-Canadese midfielder has finally settled in Bergamo with Atalanta where he has began fulfilling the massive potential bestowed upon him as a teenager in the Rossoneri youth setup.

Since joining Atalanta, the 23-year old has been given proper care and guidance under Gian Piero Gasperini who has been able to tap into that potential and allow his talents to shine through at the heart of ‘La Dea’s‘ midfield.

Cristante has been a mainstay in the starting XI for the Bergamasca side this season, appearing 26 times in the league, tallying 1,925 minutes and scoring seven goals. He also added three more strikes to his name in Atalanta’s impressive Europa League cameo, making his inclusion for Di Biagio a no-brainer.

Although Cristante already made his Azzurri debut (6 October vs Macedonia in 2018 WCQ), this is certainly a well-deserved call-up for a player who has grown exponentially over the last 12 months and aims to be a regular at Coverciano moving forward.

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