NEWS
Tuesday September 25 2018
Gasp: 'Torino built for Europe'

Gian Piero Gasperini maintains Torino “were built to qualify for Europe, so it’ll be a balanced encounter” with Atalanta.

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“I saw positive things against Milan, starting from the reaction to twice going behind, and fighting to the end for a result is a very important sign in terms of mentality,” said the Coach in his Press conference.

That 2-2 draw at San Siro was a confidence booster after disappointing defeats to Cagliari and SPAL.

“At this moment, we need to find our solidity and improve in many areas. Tomorrow it’ll be fundamental to step on to the field with the right mentality and a great desire to win.

“Toro are an excellent side, built to qualify for Europe. I think it’ll be a balanced encounter.”

Papu Gomez is in the squad, although it remains to be seen if he will be in the starting XI after limping during the Milan draw.

“It was just a knock and he’ll recover. The only player we have unavailable is Arkadiusz Reca, but his injury isn’t serious either. Josip Ilicic isn’t in great shape yet and we need to wait for him to reach form.

“Patience is also required for Musa Barrow and Emiliano Rigoni, who can be inconsistent from one game to the next, until they find their feet.”

Atalanta squad for Torino: Ali Adnan, Barrow, Berisha, Castagne, De Roon, Djimsiti, Freuler, Gollini, Gomez, Gosens, Hateboer, Ilicic, Mancini, Masiello, Palomino, Pasalic, Pessina, Rigoni, Rossi, Toloi, Tumminello, Valzania, Duvan Zapata

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