Gian Piero Gasperini wants Atalanta to ‘defend’ their position in Serie A and expects a Sassuolo on a mission. ‘It's an important game for both teams’.
La Dea sit second after 33 games, two points above Napoli, Juventus and Milan, and Gasperini said it would be a ‘great achievement’ for the Bergamaschi to stay second behind Inter.
“It’s certainly a great achievement, but it’s all very ephemeral,” Gasperini told the club’s official website.
“To defend this position, we must continue to play games of great depth. We’ve had a great week, but everything can change in the space of a match.
“The distances are short, but it’s also true that if we don’t make mistakes, the others won’t reach us.”
Atalanta prepare for their match against Sassuolo at the Mapei Stadium on Sunday, a team that have won four on the bounce in Serie A, including a 1-0 win over Milan on April 21.
But the head-to-head record speaks in favour of the Orobici and Gasperini aims to keep it so.
“Being three points behind Roma could give them a nice boost and the negative record against us could fuel them with the feeling of revenge,” Gasperini added.
“But if we have this record against them, it’s because we can probably create some difficulties for them. That’s what we hope to do, even on Sunday.
“I expect a well-prepared team that plays football, who knows what to do. They want to achieve results, but we are in a good moment and we believe.
“There are many games. We must think about this game and the difficulties it can present us. It will be an important match for both teams."