Atalanta Coach Stefano Colantuono rues not making the most of a strong first half and insists “it wasn’t a penalty” after defeat to Fiorentina.
The Orobici were beaten 2-0 on home turf with a contentious David Pizarro spot-kick and Marcelo Larrondo strike.
“In the first half the Viola didn’t do much, whereas we had more scoring opportunities. We were in the game right up until the penalty, then we lost our way,” said Colantuono.
“With the second goal we lost the ball foolishly in midfield and they hit us on the counter-attack. It’s difficult to take on Fiorentina, but we had done well up until the first goal. We should’ve made more of our chances.
“I had considered using Giacomo Bonaventura behind the strikers, but we would’ve given too much space to Fiorentina.
“As for the penalty, it struck his hand, but it’s not as if he could cut his arm off to get out of the way. The rules say it has to be intentional, but there’s nothing we can do about it now.”
Atalanta are still fairly comfortable in mid-table, although Colantuono warns “we still need a few points to be sure unless the teams behind us slow down.”