ATALANTA NEWS

A pair of headers from Mauro Icardi gave Inter the 2-0 victory over Atalanta and recaptured second place from Juventus.
Join us for all the build-up and action as it happens from today’s Serie A games, including Sampdoria-Juventus, SPAL-Fiorentina and Inter-Atalanta.
Inter director Piero Ausilio wouldn’t rule out a January swoop for Javier Pastore and revealed why Geoffrey Kondogbia joined Valencia.
Inter make one change and can recapture second place, but Papu Gomez and Atalanta are fired up against his Argentina teammate Mauro Icardi.
Mauro Icardi warns Inter can’t underestimate Atalanta, as last season’s 7-1 result was “an anomaly, as proved by the fact they finished fourth.”
Papu Gomez sees Inter as only the beginning for “an important run of fixtures that will have a big say” in Atalanta’s season.
Atalanta are without Mattia Caldara, Leonardo Spinazzola and Remo Freuler for tomorrow night’s trip to Inter.
Luciano Spalletti told Inter they can have no “excuses” against Atalanta, including injuries and Italy’s World Cup disappointment.
Chelsea are sending scouts to Inter’s match against Atalanta on Sunday night to view Milan Skriniar and Antonio Candreva.
After Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 60 years, Serie A returns to brighten the post-apocalyptic gloom.
Inter defender Milan Skriniar is “not interested” in reports of Barcelona preparing an offer. “My objective is to play for Inter and get them to win.”
Gianluca Rocchi has been confirmed as the referee for this weekend’s Derby della Capitale.
Andrea Conti reveals he chose Milan over Inter, and is sure “we’ll get into the Champions League”.
Italy Under-21 winger Riccardo Orsolini dedicated his late winner against Russia to Atalanta boss Gian Piero Gasperini. “Let’s hope he plays me more now!”
Atalanta could be without Leonardo Spinazzola for the next two weeks after the wingback reportedly pulled up with a thigh injury.
Italy missed a Patrick Cutrone penalty, but completed a comeback to beat Russia in a 3-2 thriller. “We lost our shape,” complained Gigi Di Biagio.
The candidates for the Serie A Top XI players of 2017 are announced, with Max Allegri, Maurizio Sarri and Gian Piero Gasperini up for best Coach.
Josip Ilicic admits he’s never worked so hard as with Atalanta, but it’s paying off, even if he feels bad for fellow Slovenian Jasmin Kurtic.
Roma forward Diego Perotti is “relishing every moment” of his return to international duty with Argentina after six years.
Giampiero Ventura defends his choices in the World Cup play-off against Sweden and insists “Italy results were some of the best of the last 40 years.”