Udinese coach Luca Gotti warns Atalanta ‘force everyone to change their game plan’ ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Bergamo.
It kicks off on Sunday at 11.30 UK time (10.30 GMT).
The Friulani make the trip to Bergamo without injured Gerard Deulofeu and suspended Roberto Pereyra.
“We don’t know how long Deulofeu will be out for, but it’s particularly bad timing considering we’re going into a midweek round against Verona,” Gotti told Udinese TV.
“Atalanta focus a great deal on individual duels around the pitch and we are missing two players who make individual duels their primary strength.”
La Dea are fresh from a remarkable Champions League outing to Old Trafford, where they were 2-0 up at half-time only to lose 3-2 to Manchester United.
“Atalanta force everyone to change their game plan, because they have such a clear identity and approach that they push you into adjusting. We must therefore be well-prepared with clear ideas of our own.
“We’ve got three games coming up in a week, which will be particularly vivacious and intense, considering the characteristics of our opponents, so I want to use the most players I possibly can.
“It’s good to have Isaac Success and Ilija Nestorovski back in training. Success had some continual little issues, while Nestorovski is so enthusiastic to return after a long injury lay-off.”
It will be a reunion for Juan Musso with his former club, as he left Udinese for €20m this summer.
“I will be very happy to embrace Juan again tomorrow.”