Gasperini: Muriel will be back after the next international break

Fri 10 September 2021 | 14:13

Atalanta head manager Gian Piero Gasperini confirms that Luis Muriel will come back to play after the next international break but believes that the team has many alternatives in the attack.

Muriel had a muscular injury earlier this week, and


confirmed that his recuperation would be slow. 

"The feeling is that Muriel will have to stay out of action for a long time, perhaps until the next international break," Gasperini said at a news conference.

"However, Zapata feels well, he trained with the team today and he seems fit. He will play, but I don't know if he will start.

"I have six strikers for two spots, I think that's enough. Malinovskyi, Miranchuk, Ilicic, Zapata, Muriel and Piccoli. Competition can motivate everybody.

"I will see Gosens today, but he seems fine, he even played 30 minutes with Germany. Ilicic is motivated, but he had back pain yesterday, so we'll assess him tomorrow."

Tomorrow, La Dea will play their third

Serie A

match against Fiorentina at the Gewiss Stadium. 

"Fiorentina have Vlahovic, a player who has improved exponentially. They signed some important players over the summer, so they have ambition. We don't have much time to prepare for the game, but one day must be enough."

Teun Koopmeiners was Atalanta's most recent summer addition, but the Dutch playmaker is unlikely to feature against La Viola.

"He is a quality midfielder with personality despite being young. We have invested a lot in a department where we are already very strong and where we can rely on two hyenas who concede little," Gasperini admitted.

"Right now, I don't know what he can add, he is not very defensive and he must understand the movements and settle in, but he is a very smart guy."


source: SportMob

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