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Monday October 28 2013
Mazzarri shows Atalanta respect

Inter boss Walter Mazzarri is expecting his side to be challenged by Atalanta in Serie A on Tuesday night.

“Bergamo has always been a tricky place to go to and not only for Inter,” stated the tactician. “It's a unique stadium, you feel the crowd.

“It's a tough place to play and they're a group of players who have been working with the same Coach for a while, they play good football and have some quality players.

“We need to be very focused, something I always stress, and we saw in our last match that when we're all together and focused we can play good football and cause problems for anyone. But we're always at risk once we relax.”

Inter returned to winning ways with a 4-2 over Verona after going three top-flight matches without a win.

“It's another important step in terms of our progress to see where we are with regards to our character, playing away from home always comes into it and we have young players too.

“The Atalanta and Udinese trips are two big games which will tell us a lot about where we might go from here.

“I'm very happy with the way the lads have responded to me, it wasn't easy.

“Aside from the results, I look at the performances and how the players move, and I draw satisfaction from things like that.

“We've learned how to keep the ball well, I'm very happy with that, I'm disappointed that given our performances we've let a few points slip along the way as we could even have a few more points in the table.”

Mazzarri admitted that he had yet to pick his starting XI for tomorrow, but did confirm that Walter Samuel would make his first appearance of the campaign.

“Samuel will definitely play, I want to give him a chance, he's training well and is an important player. I need to work out where to use him.

“Injury kept him out for a long time but he'll be involved tomorrow.

“Samuel, being left-footed, could play on the left or in the centre of the back three. I'll speak to the three from the backline to gauge their fitness levels and one will be rested, then we have Udinese four days later.”

Inter have conceded more goals of late without the help of former Napoli stopper Hugo Campagnaro.

“When I picked Campagnaro, it's because I thought he was on better form than the others.

“I've not seen the other guys make mistakes, Rolando in this case, but it depends if you consider bad luck – like Radja Nainggolan's deflected shot – as mistakes.

“I look at the unit as a whole and at individual players, and from this point of view I've not seen any great difference with or without Hugo.

“If a player is missing, I need to pick someone else, I can't just cry about it. We've conceded some goals in certain ways, but that's not because a particular player is missing.”

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