Stefano Colantuono insists Atalanta “are absolutely not tired” despite the downturn in form with three consecutive defeats.
The Orobici had one of the brightest starts of the season despite their six-point penalty, but have slipped behind recently.
“We are absolutely not tired and the medical tests prove that. In the game against Juventus, we ran harder than ever before,” said the tactician.
“Having said that, Juve worked even harder than we did and one has to admit it.”
Atalanta face a relegation showdown with Cesena this afternoon and hope to end their run of poor results.
Guido Marilungo is expected to step in to attack as a partner for German Denis, moving Maxi Moralez to wide left.
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