Sunday January 6 2013
Colantuono has faith in Atalanta

Atalanta visit Chievo in a relegation dogfight today and Stefano Colantuono is confident they can survive after selling Federico Peluso.

The defender was sent to Juventus this week on loan for €1m with an option to buy for a further €4m.

“It will be a great battle as Chievo are a very physical side,” said the Coach.

“The guys were in good shape after the Christmas break and I hope transfer rumours won’t affect their concentration.

“Can someone follow the path set by Peluso and Simone Padoin? The fact we have worked to grow young talents and get the best out of them is something to be proud of.

“There are many who could go on to bigger things, like Giacomo Bonaventura and Davide Brivio, Carlos Carmona or Ivan Radovanovic.”

Carmona misses this game due to a ban, while Stefano Lucchini, Thomas Manfredini, Daniele Capelli and Guido Marilungo are injured.

“Brivio could now be first choice in Peluso’s absence, but it all depends on him. He has to prove his worth and we have a great deal of faith in him.

“Will Manfredini leave? I don’t know, it hasn’t been decided yet. Ezequiel Schelotto is in the squad, but I don’t know if he will be ready to start.”

Atalanta squad for Chievo: BelliniBiondiniBonaventuraBrivioCazzolaCigariniConsigli, De Luca, Denis, FerriFrezzoliniMatheuMoralezParraPolitoRadovanovicRaimondiSchelottoStendardoTroisi

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