Palermo boss Bortolo Mutti admits it is “like a personal derby” for him to face his beloved Atalanta this afternoon.
The tactician had two spells on the Orobici bench in 1998-99 and again in 2010.
“It’s like a personal derby for me, because I have great affection for the time I spent in Bergamo. It’s going to be tough and we have to confirm recent results, because we haven’t achieved anything yet.”
The Sicilians certainly promise entertainment, as in the last week they have beaten Genoa 5-3 and drawn 4-4 away to Inter.
“We want to maintain the quality level that we showed against Inter, hopefully improving a little in defence.
“Fabrizio Miccoli had been inconsistent in his training schedule due to fitness problems, but now that he is able to work regularly, you can see the benefits on the field.
“As for Josip Ilicic, perhaps too much was expected from him straight away and he needs time. He has talent, but suffers under the pressures of the spotlight, so we should all give him the time to develop at his own pace.”
Abel Hernandez, Armin Bacinovic and Giulio Migliaccio miss out on this game.