A week ago, Atalanta fans were delighted to see Remo Freuler scoring an absolutely majestic goal for Switzerland in the 1-1 draw against Spain in the Nations League.
Finally, their midfielder was getting international acclaim, especially taking into account that he also scored in a 3-3 draw against Germany in October.
But they were even happier when Freuler was booked later in the game, thus getting suspended from the subsequent fixture against Ukraine and returning to Bergamo ahead of schedule. The coach Gian Piero Gasperini rested his protege for the Serie A match at Spezia on Saturday, meaning Freuler will be fresh and full of energy when Atalanta visit Liverpool in the Champions League on Wednesday.
He will arrive at Anfield with a strong case for being Europe’s most underrated footballer.
Freuler is so crucial to Gasperini’s system that he has only missed 19 league matches since the coach took over in the summer of 2016 – most of them due to suspensions and minor injuries.