SPAL NEWS

Rafael Toloi has admitted that Atalanta “made a lot of mistakes” against SPAL on Monday and said the Dea will use it “as a warning sign”.
Leonardo Semplici said SPAL “certainly needed a game like this against a great team like Atalanta” after the shock 2-1 victory in Bergamo.
Gian Piero Gasperini concedes Atalanta weren’t at their best in the 2-1 defeat to SPAL, but “it’s a very difficult and finely-balanced league this year.”
Andrea Petagna scored against his old club Atalanta yet again and urged SPAL to “play every game with this mentality now.”
Bottom of the table SPAL caused one of the upsets of the season, fighting back from a Josip Ilicic back-heel flick to beat Atalanta 2-1 in Bergamo.
Atalanta need a victory to catch Roma in fourth place, so Duvan Zapata, Josip Ilicic and Papu Gomez face bottom of the table SPAL.
SPAL boss Leonardo Semplici says he would like to see more ‘arrogance and ruthlessness’ from his side as they take on Atalanta tomorrow.
Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini says he will be without several players for tomorrow’s game against SPAL and warns of underestimating them. “ They dominated against Fiorentina.”
The changes to the Serie A fixture list have been announced from Week 23 to 30, including Inter-Milan, Lazio-Inter, Juventus-Inter, Milan-Roma, Napoli-Roma and the Turin Derby.
Bryan Dabo claimed his last months at Fiorentina was “horrible” but is determined to “focus on saving” SPAL from relegation.
Simon Kjaer said it was a “dream come true” after his Milan debut and has claimed you “breathe the great history” at Milanello.
Leonardo Semplici concedes SPAL had little chance of getting past Milan in the Coppa Italia Round of 16. “There were completely different quality levels.”
Krzysztof Piatek scored one and set up another for Samu Castillejo, while Theo Hernandez hit a thunderbolt, as Milan swept SPAL aside 3-0 in the Coppa Italia.
Napoli-Lazio will open the Coppa Italia Quarter-Finals on January 21, with Inter-Fiorentina closing the schedule on January 29.
Krzysztof Piatek and Ante Rebic lead the Milan attack with a debut for Simon Kjaer in their Coppa Italia Round of 16 clash with SPAL, who start Bryan Dabo.
Stefano Pioli has admitted that “a great club” like Milan should play to win the Coppa Italia as “all the big clubs focus on this competition”.
SPAL coach Leonardo Semplici feels Milan “have revived” with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and expects “an enthusiastic” Rossoneri on Wednesday.
Pepe Reina has officially joined Aston Villa on loan, with Asmir Begovic replacing him at Milan via Bournemouth.
The referees have been assigned for this week’s Coppa Italia Round of 16 fixtures, including Inter-Cagliari, Fiorentina-Atalanta and Juventus-Udinese.
SPAL have officially signed midfielder Bryan Dabo from Fiorentina, on loan with option to buy at the end of the season.