Inter wary of tricky Atalanta as Samuel eyes start
Inter Milan will be taking nothing for granted on their visit to Atalanta in Italy's Serie A on Tuesday, coach Walter Mazzarri said.
The 4-2 win over Verona on Saturday moved Mazzarri's men up to fourth place, four points adrift of Napoli and Juventus and nine behind leaders Roma.
And on paper, Atalanta could offer the chance for Inter to add another three points to their league tally, as the Bergamo-based club sit midtable with only four wins from nine games.
Inter's task, however, will not be straightforward, Atalanta's Atleti Azzurri d'Italia stadium being a notoriously difficult venue for visiting teams.
Mazzarri, who is set to hand Argentinian defender Walter Samuel his first start of the league campaign, warned against complacency.
"It's always been a tricky place to go to. Not only for Inter, but especially on their own patch they're very aggressive and focused," Mazzarri told inter.it.
"It's a unique stadium, you feel the crowd. It's a tough place to play.
"They're a dangerous side and we need to approach the game correctly. We need to be very focused, something I always stress, and we saw in our last match that when we're all together and focused we can play good football and cause problems for anyone. But we're always at risk once we relax."
Injuries have restricted Samuel to appearances only on the substitutes bench this season but he is set for his first start under former Napoli coach Mazzarri.
"I need to work out where to play him, but Samuel will definitely play, I want to give him a chance, he's training well and is an important player," said Mazzarri.
"Injury kept him out for a long time but he'll be involved tomorrow.
"Samuel, being left-footed could play on the left or in the centre of the back three; I'll speak to the three from the backline to gauge their fitness levels and one will be rested, then we have Udinese four days later."