Sunday February 2 2014
Colantuono: 'Napoli weren't sharp'

Stefano Colantuono explained Atalanta’s approach to beat Napoli 3-0. “We knew they weren’t very sharp.”

The Partenopei rotated the squad, but still seemed tired and made very costly errors at the Stadio Azzurri d’Italia.

“It was a good game and, regardless of the result, Napoli are always Napoli. I am also happy that we broke further away from the relegation zone, so all of that makes me pleased,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia.

“We knew Napoli had a packed fixture list and weren’t very sharp, so we prepared the game trying to hit them with pace and intensity. I think it worked perfectly, especially in the second half.

“This season we are struggling away from home, but I think at home we are one of the top five. We certainly have to improve that.

“Luca Cigarini had flu yesterday and a terrible headache, so I had assumed he wouldn’t play. We had also played well against Torino last week, though German Denis and Maxi Moralez had rested.

“We always try to play good football and caused problems against Juventus and Roma, so we do very well on home turf. If we can improve our performances on our travels then we can achieve something this season.”

Daniele Baselli started again in midfield and Colantuono feels the 21-year-old is ready to make his mark.

“He is young and should be allowed to grow without pressure, but he has talent, can defend and push forward, so his future is assured. He needs to bulk up a bit, though.”

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