Sunday February 26 2012
Colantuono glad of Totti ban

Stefano Colantuono believes Atalanta “must attack” Roma today and concedes Francesco Totti’s ban “is an advantage.”

The Orobici welcome the Giallorossi in the afternoon kick-off and it’s a special match for Roma native Colantuono.

“In order to make life difficult for Roma, you must attack them. We will win back the ball and then burst forward on the counter-attack. This is why the one-on-one situations will be crucial,” said the Coach.

“We certainly won’t spend 90 minutes defending ourselves. We’ll use two strikers and two attacking wingers.

“Luis Enrique is a tactician with clear ideas and I like his philosophy. He started out in Serie A with an almost exasperating possession football, so it was normal he’d run into some difficulties.

“As the games went by, his team’s style improved. We need to be very focused, as Roma are a young side with a lot of verve.”

However, the visitors are without captain Totti, who sits out a one-match ban.

“I have to admit that is an advantage for us, as Totti is someone who can always find the winning moment out of nowhere.”