With 25 points from their last nine outings, Atalanta go into this weekend’s fixtures as the form side in Serie A, but their manager Gian Piero Gasperini has called for humility and focus from his charges ahead of Saturday night’s test at the home of league-leaders Juventus.
“We’re not getting ahead of ourselves, nor talking about the title race,” opened the 58-year-old. “If we weren’t in the form that we’re in then nobody would be giving us a chance tomorrow.
“That Juventus are able to hold Atalanta is beyond doubt, but I’m more interested to find out how far we can go this season instead.”
Massimiliano Allegri’s men head into Saturday’s fixture on the back of a disappointing 3-1 reverse at the hands of Genoa, but Gasperini identified that result as an extra reason to be wary of the Bianconeri this weekend.
“We’re on our toes, especially as we can expect a reaction from them after losing on Sunday and they’ll be fully focused on tomorrow’s match without thinking about the derby, the Champions League or Roma.
“Let’s not kid ourselves, it will be a totally different kind of contest to their last outing in Genoa. We’re full of energy leading into this game, but we need to stay calm and play to our strengths, while keeping our feet firmly on the ground.”