Stefano Colantuono is keeping his cards close to his chest as Atalanta welcome Fiorentina tonight. “I cannot and will not talk about the tactics I’m going to use.”
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“We have an emergency situation due to players missing, but that must not be considered an alibi. We have the players to take on and win this game,” assured the Coach in his Press conference.
“We won’t feel sorry for ourselves. I cannot and will not talk about the tactics I’m going to use. The only certain thing right now is that we only have two midfielders.”
Maxi Moralez has recovered, but striker Igor Budan is out along with Riccardo Cazzola, Guido Marilungo, Daniele Capelli and Giampaolo Bellini.
The trio of Luca Cigarini, Cristian Raimondi and Carlos Carmona are all suspended following the controversial 4-3 victory at Inter.
“I don’t think Gervasoni did such a terrible job refereeing the game. It was only one incident,” argued Colantuono.
The shortage of players could see Marko Livaja get a start alongside German Denis.
“His margin of improvement is infinite. It all depends on him, the hard work and the sacrifice he is willing to put in for his career. He needs to be more consistent, but cannot be a complete player at his age.”
Atalanta squad for Fiorentina: Consigli, Frezzolini, Polito; Brivio, Canini, Contini, Del Grosso, Ferri, Lucchini, Scaloni, Stendardo; Biondini, Bonaventura, Brienza, Giorgi, Maxi Moralez, Palma (n. 94), Radovanovic, Troisi; De Luca, Denis, Livaja, Parra
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