Atalanta-Inter Preview: Nerazzurri hope to end Orobici curse

Walter Mazzarri was unhappy with his Nerazzurri side despite picking up a 4-2 win over the weekend and has his eyes set on another three points

Inter head into their fixture with Atalanta looking for a first victory over Stefano Colantuono’s side since April 2010.

The Milan outfit suffered two defeats to Atalanta last season, including a thrilling 4-3 reverse at San Siro in April, and drew both meetings in the 2011-12 campaign.

Their last success came in a 3-1 home win more than three years ago, with goals from Diego Milito, Sulley Muntari and Christian Chivu securing the points on that occasion.

Inter go into Tuesday’s game at the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia on the back of a 4-2 home victory over Verona.

That triumph ended a run of three Serie A matches without a win for Walter Mazzarri’s side, and left them fourth with 18 points from nine games.

Ishak Belfodil is absent through suspension for Inter following his sending-off after the final whistle against Verona.

Atalanta have struggled for consistency so far in Serie A, but occupy a respectable position of ninth with 12 points to their name.

Colantuono will hope for a strong reaction after his side fell to a 1-0 defeat away at Sampdoria on Saturday, ending a run of three consecutive victories in Serie A.

Striker German Denis will look to provide the attacking impetus for Atalanta, with the 32-year-old having notched four league goals so far this season.

Giacomo Bonaventura and Stefano Lucchini (both thigh) remain sidelined for the hosts.

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