“We worked well during the week, knowing that Atalanta have particular characteristics and that they play different football than the other teams. We’ve tried out some counter-measures in order to avoid their ferocious pressure, I’m happy with the work that we’ve done this week. It will be an intense match and I’m confident. Atalanta have great players, there are few players with the physical strength of Duvan Zapata or with the inspiration of Josip Ilicic.
“After Benevento and the derby against Torino we have tightened up and we all have the objective of ending this season in the best way possible.”
THE ABSENCE OF RONALDO
“Cristiano Ronaldo will not be available tomorrow. Over these past few days he has not been able to recover from the flexor problem sustained after last Sunday’s match against Genoa. He hasn’t been able to push himself this week as he saw fit and would have risked too much. We have decided to leave him in Turin to rest and we will try to have him back for Wednesday’s match vs. Parma.”
“Paulo Dybala will play from the start. Leonarod Bonucci has returned after having Covid and is working to return to top form. Arthur and Weston McKennie are doing well, they’ve trained regularly and will be available for tomorrow’s game.”
THE EVENTUAL RETURN OF THE FANS
“It’s good news that we’re able to gradually think about the fans coming back to the stadiums, it’s good news not only for football, because it means that the global situation is improving.”