Stefano Colantuono is trying to keep Atalanta focused on the football after the venue for their game with Cagliari was moved repeatedly.
Tonight’s fixture was switched to Treviso this week when the Is Arena in Sardinia failed security checks, but has now been moved back again, albeit behind closed doors.
“We already played behind closed doors with an Atalanta-Lazio once. It’ll be a bit strange without the crowd there,” said the Coach.
“These are the rules and we have to respect them. Atalanta were open to this change. It doesn’t make much of a difference to us.
“Cagliari are practically the same side as last season with quality players who know each other well. It is a well-drilled outfit and Cagliari has always been a difficult place for my teams.
“We simply have to continue with our mentality. This is a solid unit and we know what we’re doing, so in the end hard work will certainly pay off.”
Colantuono is particularly pleased that the transfer window is closed, as they got to keep Italian internationals Federico Peluso and Ezequiel Schelotto.
“They are two important players and very professional. There will be no repercussions in terms of their motivation, as they have to work as hard as ever if they want to remain in the running for the Italy squad.”
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