Friday September 14 2012
Colantuono still rates Milan

Atalanta boss Stefano Colantuono thinks Milan – tomorrow’s opponents – can challenge Juventus for the Scudetto.

“Milan are a strong side even if they have changed a lot over the summer,” the tactician stated. “I think they’ve done well on the transfer market and they’ll fight for the title with Juve.”

The Diavolo said goodbye to a host of veteran players in June, while they then opted to sell Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Paris Saint-Germain.

“The loss of Thiago Silva is undoubtedly a big blow and Alessandro Nesta’s departure should also not be underestimated,” the former Palermo tactician added.

“They will be without defenders of that calibre, but they have inserted some interesting young players who are hungry.”

Atalanta have yet to win this season and are actually on minus one in the table because of a betting penalty, but Colantuono wouldn’t be unhappy with a draw at San Siro.

“That would be a great result for us,” he added. “We’ll see, but it will depend on what Milan will offer us in terms of space.”

Colantuono added that Ezequiel Schelotto would not be fit for the game.

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