Preview: Del Piero lands leading role

February 2, 2001

After coming on a substitute against Vicenza last week, Alessandro Del Piero's revival at Juventus takes another step forward on Saturday when he is likely to take the captain's armband for the game with Atalanta. 

Skipper Antonio Conte is injured, as is Fabian O'Neill, so Del Piero is the favourite to lead the team. Last week, the Italy forward started on the bench but got into the action early when David Trezeguet was injured. Del Piero did well as Juve romped to a 4-0 win.

Atalanta have only one injury doubt as they hope to repeat the form that saw them hit four past Udinese last weekend. Defender Sebastiano Siviglia is carrying an injury, so Luciano Zauri will probably drop back to defence with Berretta taking his place in midfield.

Atalanta (probable): Pelizzoli, C Zenoni, Carrera, Paganin, Zauri, D Zenoni, Berretta, Donati, Doni, Morfeo, Ventola

JUVENTUS (probable): Van der Sar, Paramatti, Montero, Iuliano, Pessotto; Zambrotta, Davids, Tacchinardi, Zidane, F Inzaghi, Del Piero