La Dea are into the Champions League quarterfinals and also on track for a top four finish.
De Zerbi said, “Atalanta performed a masterpiece by improving their squad and their mentality.
"The credit goes to Gian Piero Gasperini.
“Sassuolo have everything it takes to follow in their footsteps. Clearly, it's no mean feat, but in terms of economic strength, infrastructure and focus, we could do it."