Roma and Atalanta square-off Sunday evening in a pivotal top-of-the-table showdown at the Stadio Olimpico.
Separated by just one point, the two sides enter tomorrow’s clash sitting 2nd and 5th in the Serie A table respectively.
The Giallorossi enter after a midweek victory in the Europa League while La Dea are coming off a 1-1 home draw to Cremonese.
Despite last weekend’s dropped points, Atalanta remain unbeaten in the league, taking full advantage of having no distractions outside of their domestic duties.
Roma, meanwhile, have a chance to extend their winning streak over the Bergamo side. The capital club won both meetings last season, conceding only one goal in the process.
However, Gasperini maintains this season is entirely different because both teams made drastic changes to their respective squads.
“From a personality point of view tomorrow is an important match,” Gasperini told reporters during his pre-match press conference.
“We will see how we handle ourselves on the pitch and what sort of performance we can do. Though, it’s useless to focus on last season because of how many changes both clubs made.”
“For instance, Roma signed Dybala, who gives an extraordinary value to the team.|
Adding, “This is a formidable test for us. We’re facing a strong team so it provides us with an opportunity to play solid football.”
Kick-off is scheduled for Sunday evening at 18.00 CET in the Italian capital.
(3-4-2-1): Rui Patricio; Mancini, Smalling, Ibañez; Karsdorp, Matić, Pellegrini, Spinazzola; Zaniolo, Dybala; Abraham
(3-4-2-1): Musso; Okoli, Toloi, Demiral; Hateboer, Koopmeiners, de Roon, Soppy; Malinovskyi, Pasalic; Muriel