Edy Reja has insisted that his Atalanta side are determined to put to bed a poor run of results in games involving the Bianconeri when they travel to Turin for tomorrow afternoon’s encounter at Juventus Stadium.
The Nerazzurri have lost their last ten matches against the Old Lady, but their manager is adamant that his men, who currently sit above Massimiliano Allegri’s charges on 14 points, will do all they can to upset the history books and continue their own impressive start to the season.
Reja began: “The law of averages suggests that things can change, but in games like these you also need some good luck. Up until now, they’ve dropped points at home and we hope that continues tomorrow. We won’t be parking the bus in front of goal, however. That’s not our philosophy.
“We’re in a good vein of form at the moment and we played well against Carpi, even if I didn’t like how we started the game. I don’t want to see us making the same mistakes against Juventus because we’d be in trouble.
“We’ve a difficult run of fixtures coming up, which will show us what we’re made of. We’re up for the challenge and I’m sure that we’ll do ourselves proud.”
Turning his attentions to tomorrow’s opponents, Reja was keen to not read too much into the Bianconeri’s league position, stressing that Allegri’s men were capable of stringing together a series of wins in Serie A.
The 70-year-old also tipped the team’s summer recruits to eventually prove their worth over the course of the campaign.
“The table is currently deceptive and if Juve hit form they could be an irresistible force from that point on. Let’s hope they do so only after they’ve played against us!"
He concluded: “Obviously when results aren’t great, it’s normal that critics will come out and voice their feelings. But it’s important to remember that they have brought in many talented youngsters, who’ll become good signings in the long run.”