Atalanta vs Leverkusen: A head-to-head analysis of the Europa finalists

Atalanta vs Leverkusen: A head-to-head analysis of the Europa finalists

Ciku Njuguna
updated at May 19, 2024 at 1:50 PM
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May 22, 2024, marks the fifteenth UEFA Europa League tournament final and the ultimate showdown between Atalanta and Leverkusen. Both teams are set to make a mark in the annals of football history at the tournament. Dig in for a comparative analysis of Atalanta vs Leverkusen predictions, head-to-head records, stats, and titles.

Atalanta vs Leverkusen
Photo illustrations of the Atalanta (l) and Leverkusen (r) football club logos displayed on smartphones. Photo Illustration by Mateusz Slodkowski/SOPA Images/LightRocket.
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The late May event will go down as a notable event in UEFA Europa League final history as it pits two first-time finalists against each other. This article has used credible data and facts from authoritative sources such as the official UEFA website, official team websites, and Transfermarkt.

Atalanta vs Leverkusen: Who is better?

Both teams seem equally matched. In their last five matches, Atlanta has recorded three wins, one loss, and one draw, with Leverkusen winning three games and drawing two. Leverkusen takes the top spot in the Bundesliga in their respective leagues, while Atalanta is ranked fifth in the Serie A.

What is the head-to-head record for Atalanta vs Leverkusen?

The teams have met twice during two legs of the Round of 16 stage in the 2021/22 UEFA Europa League tournament. Atalanta won the stage with a 4:2 aggregate win over Leverkusen.

In the first leg of the match, Bayer recorded a higher passing accuracy, possession percentage, and passes attempted and completed. However, Atalanta made up for this with a better defence strategy, ending the football match with a 3-2 goal difference.

Atalanta vs Leverkusen
Atalanta defender Isak Hien (l) challenges Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Marseille during a UEFA Europa League match at Bergamo's stadium on May 9, 2024. Photo by Isabella Bonotto/AFP.
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A similar performance was recorded in the second leg when Atalanta bested Leverkusen's efforts. The match ended with one late goal scored by Boga, ending Bayer's 2022 UEFA Europa League campaign. Here is a summary of their head-to-head statistics.

Atalanta BC

Bayer 04 Leverkusen

Wins

2

0

Draws

0

0

Losses

0

2

Goals scored

4

2

All-time top scorer

Luis Muriel

Ulf Kirsten

Atalanta vs Leverkusen squad: Who is in the starting XI?

Dutch midfielder Teun Koopmeiners is a key player on Atalanta's squad. According to Transfermarkt, the top goal scorer has recorded fifteen goals with seven assists as of May 2024.

Bundesliga’s side, Neverlusen, hopes to continue its longest winning streak and is armed with top players such as Álex Grimaldo, Victor Boniface, Jonathan Tah, Granit Xhaka, Florian Wirtz and Jeremie Frimpong. Here is a summary of the Atalanta vs Leverkusen 2023/24 Europa League final match players.

Atalanta vs Leverkusen
Atalanta BC (L) and Leverkusen's 2023/24 UEFA Europa League Semi-finals team lined up during various matches. Photo by Tiziano Ballabio/NurPhoto, Jörg Schüler/Bayer 04 Leverkusen.
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Atalanta BC

Bayer 04 Leverkusen

Goalkeepers

Juan Musso

Marco Carnesecchi

Francesco Rossi

Lukas Hradecky

Matěj Kovář

Niklas Lomb

Defenders

Rafael Tolói

Emil Holm

Berat Gjimshiti

Isak Hien

Mitchel Bakker

Sead Kolašinac

Hans Hateboer

Josip Stanišić

Piero Hincapie

Jonathan Tah

Odilon Kossounou

Edmond Tapsoba

Arthur

Alejandro Grimaldo

Jeremie Frimpong

Midfielders

Teun Koopmeiners

Mario Pašalić

Éderson

Marten de Roon

Michel Adopo

Granit Xhaka

Florian Wirtz

Robert Andrich

Jonas Hofmann

Gustavo Puerta

Exequiel Palacios

Forwards

El Bilal Toure

Ademola Lookman

Charles De Ketelaere

Aleksei Miranchuk

Gianluca Scamacca

Victor Boniface

Patrik Schick

Nathan Tella

Amine Adli

Borja Iglesias

Adam Hložek

Atalanta vs Leverkusen captains

The Bergamo side is led by three captains: Italian-Brazilian centre-back Rafael Tolói, Dutch defensive midfielder Marten de Roon and Swiss Albanian centre-back Berat Djimsiti. Their counterpart, Leverkusen's captain, is Lukas Hradecky.

Atalanta vs Leverkusen: Who are the coaches?

Leverkusen’s 50-game winning streak has been linked to the Alonso effect, a tribute to the team’s coach, Xabi Alonso. Atalanta’s coach is veteran manager Gian Piero Gasperini.

Atalanta vs Leverkusen
Bayer 04 Leverkusen's Xabi Alonso (l) and Atalanta's Gian Piero Gasperini (r) speaking during press conferences ahead of UEFA Europa League matches. Photo by Giuseppe Maffia/NurPhoto, UEFA.
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Atalanta vs Leverkusen stats

Leverkusen's near-miss performances in the tournament earned them the nickname the Eternal Bridesmaids and Neverkusen. Ahead of the 2024 Europa League decider, it is crucial for fans to understand the first-time finalists' past performances. Here is an analysis of the team’s Europa League statistics.

Atalanta BC

Bayer 04 Leverkusen

Matches played

12

12

Wins

7

9

Losses

4

3

Draws

1

0

Average goals scored per match

1.84

2.59

Average goals conceded per match

0.67

0.84

Possession

47.84%

58.75%

Passing accuracy

80.25%

89.75%

Average balls recovered per match

47.67

37.34

Average clean sheets per match

0.42

0.42

Average saves per match

2.09

3

Atalanta vs Leverkusen trophies

As first-time finalists, the stakes could not be higher for both teams. In 1987/88, Bayer 04 Leverkusen won their only UEFA Cup, a feat their Italian contenders are yet to achieve.

Since 2009, Italy has not featured on the winners' list, making Atalanta's performance in the 2023/24 final, one for the books. The win will also mark the team's status as one of the best teams in Europe despite facing thirteen relegations since 1925.

Atalanta vs Leverkusen
Leverkusen's Piero Hincapie in action during a UEFA Europa League match against Roma on May 2, 2024. Photo by Massimo Insabato/Archivio Massimo Insabato/Mondadori Portfolio.
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Pressure mounts on Bayer to clinch the Europa League trophy and complete an entire season without a loss. Have a look at Atalanta vs Leverkusen's achievement records of all time.

Bayer 04 Leverkusen's achievements

  • 2023/24 German Champion
  • 2001/02 Champions League runner-up
  • 2001/02, 2009/10, 2023/24 Herbstmeister - Autumn Champion
  • 1992/93 DFB Pokal German Cup Winner
  • 1978/79 Promotion to 1st league
  • 1978/79 German 2. Bundesliga Champion

Atalanta BC's achievements

  • 1981/82 Italian Lega Pro Champion
  • 1981/82 Promotion to 2. Liga
  • 1962/63 Italian Cup Winner
  • 1939/40, 1958/59, 1983/84, 2005/06, 2010/11 Italian Serie B Champion
  • 1925/26, 1927/28, 1936/37, 1939/40, 1958/59, 1970/71, 1976/77, 1983/84, 1987/88, 1994/95, 199/00, 2003/04, 2005/06, 2010/11 Promotion to 1st league

Atalanta vs Leverkusen stadiums

Atalanta's stadium is the Stadio di Bergamo, also known as Gewiss Stadium and Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia. Dortmund's home turf, the BayArena, is located in Leverkusen, North Rhine-Westphalia.

Atalanta vs Leverkusen
A general view of the Gewiss (l) and BayArena (r) stadiums. Photo by Jörg Schüler, Mattia Ozbot - Inter.
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Team

Atalanta BC

Bayer 04 Leverkusen

Stadium name

Stadio di Bergamo

BayArena

Other names

Gewiss Stadium, Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia

Pitch on the Dhünn, Dhünn Pitch, Stadium by the City Park, Ulrich Haberland Stadium

Year built

1928

1907

Location

Bergamo, Italy

Leverkusen, Germany

Total capacity

24,000

30,210

Standing capacity

-

4.500

Sitting capacity

24,000

25.710

Frequently asked questions

The 2023/24 Europa League Final match between Atalanta BC and Bayer 04 Leverkusen. Have a look at more match facts.

1. Where will the 2024 Europa League Final be held?

The 2024 UEFA Europa League Finals will be held at the Dublin Arena in Dublin, Republic of Ireland. Also known as Aviva Stadium or Lansdowne Road, the venue home to the national Irish rugby and football teams will seat 48,000 fans.

2. When is the Europa League Final in 2024?

The match will be held on May 22, 2024. Kick-off will be at 21:00 CET (15:00 EST/19:00 GMT).

3. How can you get tickets to the Europa League Final 2024?

Official ticket sales for the 2023/24 match closed on April 16, 2024. All tournament tickets were bought and delivered on the UEFA Mobile Tickets app.

Final word

The 2024 Europa League decider marks one of the best competitions of the season. Which of the two first-time finalists do you think will win?

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Ciku Njuguna is a journalist with 3 year’s experience in content creation based in Kenya. She currently covers sports personnel as well as team biographies.