Stefano Colantuono believes Atalanta are within reach of safety, but points out his men “need a great performance to beat Siena” this afternoon.
The Orobici would already be secure without a six-point penalty and welcome back top scorer German Denis from an injury lay-off.
“The sooner we reach our objective, the better,” said the Coach. “The game with Siena is totally up in the air, as the teams are on a similar level and anything could happen.
“This is why Atalanta need a great performance to beat Siena and hopefully make the most of home advantage. Giuseppe Sannino’s teams are never simple to defeat.
“It is very important for us to have Denis back in good shape.”
Andrea Masiello’s season, and indeed career, could be over after he was arrested this week in a betting scandal from his time at Bari.
“The previous case did not distract the team and it won’t happen this time either,” added Colantuono. “Of course it’s a shame for the lad, but we have to be stronger than these issues.”
Atalanta squad: Bellini, Bonaventura, Carmona, Carrozza, Cazzola, Cigarini, Consigli, Denis, Ferreira Pinto, Ferri, Frezzolini, Gabbiadini, Lucchini, Manfredini, Minotti, Morelaz, Mutarelli, Peluso, Polito, Raimondi, Schelotto, Stendardo, Tiribocchi