Atalanta vs Cagliari: Gaspperini wants to finally win the trophy. Like almost all other clubs, today's participants in the 1/16th final of the Italian Cup will send their reserve teams to the field with only a couple of first-team players.
On paper, even the back lines of Atalanta and Sassuolo should not have major problems with Cagliari and SPAL, although the experience from the previous two days teaches us that surprise is not only possible but certain.
No team from the top of the table made it to the quarterfinals easily and smoothly, moreover, Milan, Juve, and Inter gained that right only after extra time. In Bergamo, they are quite angry at the Community of the first league and Rai because of the schedule of tonight's match.
Namely, the match is broadcast on the second channel of Rai, whose central news goes into the program from 20.30 to 21.00, which is why the start of the match was postponed to 21.15. Of course, the decision was made exclusively due to the needs of Rai, who has exclusive rights on the territory of Italy for the Italian Cup matches.
Atalanta is ambitious
Since the match Atalanta - Cagliari does not arouse much interest, Rai could not broadcast the match on the first program, as was the case with Juventus and Milan in the previous two days. However, both Rai and the First League Association did not take into account the winter period in which we are and that the game will be played at temperatures below zero.
In any case, Atalanta has great ambitions in this year's national cup. The skeleton of the competition is such that it allows the team from Bergamo to reach the final, because Milan, Inter and Juve can meet only in the final.
Coach Gian Piero Gasperini wants to crown his stay in Bergamo with at least one trophy. Since winning the Scudetto is almost impossible, raising the cup for the Italian Cup seems much more realistic, after all, Atalanta was a step and a half away from that goal a year and a half ago.
Atalanta has almost all the players available, with the exception of Pasalic, but they will still make a big rotation, despite the fact that they will play against Genoa in Bergamo on Sunday. Starters will be on the bench and will enter the game only if necessary, including Ilicic, Gosens, De Roon, Hatebour, Romero, Palomino… For Cagliari, the match with Milan in Serie A next Monday is much more important than tonight's clash with Atalanta.
Experienced players like Godin and Naingolan did not even arrive in Bergamo, and Joao Pedro, Simeone, Marin will watch the match on the bench.