Atalanta coach Stefano Colantuono has paid credit to their fringe players for their successful season so far.
Colantuono is keen to thank the professionalism of those on the outskirts of the squad, even as they are preparing to leave next month.
“[Sporting director Pierpaolo] Marino has been clear - only those players who have found little space will be leaving in January.
“I, however, would like to congratulate the whole squad, especially those that have played less. Those guys, I can thank whole-heartedly. They are those that if I came to pick I would still find as men prepared.
“[Guido] Marilungo arrived here last year, started to play but ended up on the bench. This season his preparation has been good, even if he hasn’t been used a lot, he has always been committed. The space he has then been afforded has been earned and it is thanks to his work.”