Monday July 8 2013
Colantuono targets survival first

Stefano Colantuono has warned Atalanta fans that the club are targeting Serie A survival first and foremost for 2013-14.

The Orobici have today begun preparations for a third consecutive season in the Italian top flight and even with last year’s 15th place finish achieved in spite of a two-point penalty, the team’s Coach is maintaining that primary focus is looking down the table once more.

“It is trouble for those that take survival for granted,” began Colantuono in his opening Press conference of 2013-14 preseason.

“That is even if, at least, this time we begin without a points penalty. Our primary objective remains staying in the top division, so it would be very counter-productive not to keep our feet on the ground.

“Tactics for the new term? I know I will be forced into a precise modification since I no longer have a player of the characteristics of Schelotto. A 4-4-1-1 from previous studies is likely, as are other solutions.

“Transfer hopes? The day after the season ended, with President Antonio Percassi and director general Pierpaolo Marino I put forward key points of what the backbone of the squad should be.

“We cannot yet talk of the pieces to be brought in, but I am putting full confidence in the leadership knowing that it’s only a matter of time.”

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