Wednesday September 14 2011
Atalanta boss remains upbeat

Atalanta boss Stefano Colantuono is optimistic for the season ahead despite their points' penalty.

The Nerazzurri were promoted to the top flight last term, but a summer betting probe saw them start the new campaign with a six-point deduction.

"It's not easy to begin the championship with a penalty," the former Palermo and Torino boss told Radio Mana Mana.

"We have to get rid of the deduction as soon as possible, but we are a competitive squad and I'm convinced that we can get out of it."

The Bergamo club began the Serie A campaign with an impressive 2-2 draw at Genoa on Sunday afternoon.

"We played well," he continued. "We probably deserved to win, but it was still a good result.

"We're a newly promoted side, a provincial one, but we showed some good geometry against Genoa."

Atalanta are at home to Palermo in Week 3.

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