By Brian Homewood, Reuters and Ben Miller For Mailonline
Published: 17:29 BST, 18 October 2019 | Updated: 17:29 BST, 18 October 2019
Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini has lambasted international friendlies as 'useless' and demanded one international break a season after top scorer Duvan Zapata was ruled out of Atalanta's onerous Champions League trip to Manchester City with an abductor strain sustained with Colombia.
Zapata has been in sensational form as Atalanta have risen to third in Serie A, scoring six goals in seven league matches alongside three assists.
The 28-year-old, who scored 28 times in 48 appearances last season as Atalanta reached the Champions League for the first time, will be a huge miss as Gasperini attempts to mastermind a shock against a City side who are yet to concede in the competition this season.
Raging Atalanta boss Gian Piero Gasperini has called for a halt to multiple international breaks
Gasperini and Atalanta will be without main goal threat Duvan Zapata against Manchester City
In-form striker Zapata was injured while on Colombia duty against