Marino hails stunning Atalanta season start

Atalanta sports chief Pierpaolo Marino admits their start to the season has been incredible.

Atalanta sports chief Pierpaolo Marino admits their start to the season has been incredible.

Marino took the opportunity after the Nerazzurri's three wins and one draw to appeal to the courts to cancel the six point-penalty they began the season with.

“What has been done in these games is like a miracle. We'd be first without the penalty? For now we must look back.

“Of course, if Coni returns credibility and sincerity to us and to our captain, who deserves it, we could aim for something more.”

Marino gave his insight on why Atalanta are in the position they currently find themselves, what has historically helped them, and who is responsible for their current position.

“Ours is an Italian project, which comes from President [Antonio] Percassi, a former Atalanta Serie A captain who developed in the Orobici's youth sector.

“Now we have Mino Favini as head of that youth sector, one that in recent years has produced talent, to the luck of Atalanta, that has allowed for capital gains on the transfer market and a discreet budget to buy players.

“Do I deserve merit? I am responsible for combining the work of the players and the Coach, but by my side there are other key figures.

“Everyone speaks of [Maxi] Moralez and [German] Denis, but you cannot forget [Andrea] Masiello, a defender I think may have a future with the national team. And [Stefano] Lucchini, who has more experience. Two key elements for the team.

“Then there is [Giacomo] Bonaventura, [Andrea] Consigli and [Daniele] Capelli, all products of the youth system.”

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