Pirlo: Atalanta will force us to play with intensity

Sat 17 April 2021 | 11:48

The Bianconeri boss says his side are prepared to face a team with ‘very particular characteristics’.


will face


in their next Serie A match on Sunday. The reigning champions are on the verge of losing their title as they sit third in Serie A, 12 points behind league leaders



Andrea Pirlo

’s side have won three of their last five matches and the Italian boss says they have prepared countermeasures for La Dea.

“We worked hard during the week, knowing Atalanta have some very particular characteristics,”

Pirlo told reporters.

“They play a different style of football to other teams and we have prepared some countermeasures. I am feeling confident.

“There are so many talents I admire in the Atalanta squad, from the physicality of Duvan Zapata to the creativity of Josip Ilicic on to Matteo Pessina tying things together. There’s no point talking about individuals, tough.

“We had a good game against Atalanta last time, the attitude was good and we put pressure on them. Atalanta force you to play with intensity and I hope to see that again.”

Juventus are in danger of losing their place on the table. Atalanta are only one point behind the Bianconeri and they have the chance to take Juventus’ place in the top three.

“We have a single objective in our minds and that is to finish as high up the table as possible. We have refocused onto this new target, which isn’t the one suited to Juventus, but unfortunately the gap has become a bit too big. Our aim now is to end the season on a high.”

Asked about the Italian government’s decision to open up the arenas from May 1, Pirlo responded:

“This is great news, but not just for football, as it means everything is starting to get back to normal. If the stadiums are full, it means people are feeling better.”

source: SportMob