Rolando Maran believes Cagliari are on the right track, but “cannot afford to get stretched out” against Atalanta.

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“The lads worked well during the week and have been building on the performance we saw last Sunday,” said the Coach of their 2-2 draw with Sassuolo.

It was an ill-tempered end to the game, as Sassuolo equalised with a penalty given via VAR deep into stoppages.

“We’re now facing a side like Atalanta and that gives us a lot of motivation. We must remain solid and tight, as we cannot afford to get stretched out and leave spaces for them to counter-attack.

“Every week helps us to grow and gel as a team, above all for the late arrivals like Ragnar Klavan. I had already seen Darijo Srna improve in training and that’s why I chose him to start, as I expect a lot from him and he delivered.”

Luca Ceppitelli and suspended Joao Pedro have not made the trip to Bergamo.

Cagliari squad for Atalanta: Rafael, Pajac, Andreolli, Dessena, Bradaric, Cigarini, Cerri, Daga, Klavan, Aresti, Farias, Barella, Pisacane, Padoin, Ionita, Lykogiannis, Faragò, Sau, Cragno, Castro, Pavoletti, Srna, Romagna

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