Password: fun. Italy plays at the Olimpico, at least partially finds the public and looks for the key to access the European Championship against Turkey (Friday at 21, Rai1 and SkySport1). The coach Roberto Mancini ready: Now that the situation is turning to the best, it is time to return to give satisfaction to Italy. It will be our goal: to entertain people even if for ninety minutes. It will be a good time for everyone. We will try to do our best, the first race is the most difficult but we will have to be free mentally. We need to think about work and have fun. We must respect Turkey, a national team full of talent. The debut is always difficult but we have to think about playing football.
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The European comes with one year late due to the pandemic and Italy is back in a great tournament after five years, due to the sensationally missed World Cup. The growth path with Mancini was evident, but the real exam comes now: I was confident three years ago, I am even more so today. We worked well, we have good players. There is an excellent group. we have been together for a long time, we had fun and we would like to continue doing it and, eventually, if we can, get to London … We’ll talk about it again. But I am very confident.
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A matter of rhythm
Italy will play at home, but of the sixteen thousand present many will be Turks: it will be like being on a neutral field – underlines the coach – the field factor will matter up to a certain point. Given the situation, it would have been nicer to have more people. The Olimpico full would have given us an extra boost but playing with no one and sixteen thousand … already a first step. The emotion will be great. The will to live this European as important protagonists. Excess of enthusiasm? Fans can have it. We know how important it is to have it but also know what we are going to face. a football match, to be tackled with lightheartedness. If we do what we know how to do, calmly, we can do it.
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On the anti-Turkey formation, Mancini hides the cards, but the decisions are all made, there are no ballots: Donnarumma in goal, Florenzi-Bonucci-Chiellini-Spinazzola in defense, Stretcher-Jorginho-Locatelli in midfield and in front of the trident Berardi-Immobile-Insigne. Training? You are all great coaches, I don’t have to tell you … – jokes the coach at the press conference at the Olimpico -. Between Immobile and Belotti, whether you play one or the other, the important thing is that they play and fight and score.
June 10, 2021 (change June 10, 2021 | 20:40)
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