The blue number 10: “The goal is to reach the final, not just overcome the group. Shooting around? I’m studying alternatives …”
A European 10. Lorenzo Insigne has that heavy number on his shirt: it is the “10” of the national team, while in Naples he carries 24 on his shoulders in homage to his wife’s birthday.
So far the 10th (in the report card) Italy has deserved it, always victorious and already projected towards the second round at Wembley. There Lorenzo has already scored, against England: “It was only a friendly match but it was great, despite the fact that we were going through a particular moment after the exclusion from the World Cup (March 27, 2018, ed) – he recalls at the conference in Coverciano -. next challenge, our strength is that we never distort ourselves. Austria runs a lot and puts pressure, we study the opponents but we will prepare the match thinking about what we have to do. Now the other national teams are afraid of us? at the beginning no one considered us, but we have not done anything yet. We have to be calm and with our feet on the ground, the goal is to go all the way, not just pass the group “.
The “right” module
Many words have already been said about the cohesion and value of the Azzurri group: “The young people go on the pitch with tranquility and personality, they will not suffer from the knockout match – confirms Insigne -. They are living a beautiful fairy tale, I am a bit more great but it also applies to me, it is the first time that I play as a protagonist the final phase of such an important tournament. I’m giving 100%, in the past years I was younger and there were other modules. Prandelli and Conte I thanked them for bringing me to the blue, but in 3-5-2 I tried to adapt. With Mancini there is a game system that is more suited to me and the characteristics of other players. The coach makes everyone perform at their best, gives advice to me and everyone the forwards, after all he was a very strong number 10 “.
What a midfield
The attack goes fast, well stocked with balls from those who play behind the strikers: “It’s right that we are talking about Jorginho, at Chelsea he won the Europa League and Champions as a protagonist. We call him ‘the Professor’, we are happy to have him with us and I hope he enters the list of candidates for the Golden Ball – it is Insigne’s endorsement -. We attackers are happy to have a midfield that can also count on men of quality and intensity such as Barella, Verratti or Locatelli, then touches it’s up to us to make the right moves in depth. My shot around? I have to study some alternatives, the goalkeepers are getting used to it and leave earlier… “.
Marco and Ciro
The closest relationship is obviously with the former “golden boys” of Pescara, with whom Insigne began his climb up to Serie A and to the blue: “Verratti has been playing for a long time in Paris, it’s not easy to do it in big teams. Ciro won the Golden Boot, I was moved by him when he raised the Italian Cup… I hope that the best for both is yet to come and that they can still do a lot, there is a special relationship between us “. Leaving the Italian environment, the players who have impressed you the most in this European Championship? Two non-trivial names: “Schick and Sterling”.
A question about the new “geography” of the national team: “Before there were more players from the North among the squad? Yes, but the captain who raised the World Cup was Fabio Cannavaro … it’s not a question of North and South, that’s enough have quality and the right determination “. However, this is everyone’s national team: “I often listen to Neapolitan music, but singing ‘Magic Nights’ outside the hotel after the victory with Wales was a thought for our fans”. However, for now there is no talk of his future in Naples: “It is not true that Immobile here is the ‘sporting director’ to take me to Lazio, as I read somewhere … we are very friends and we will go on holiday together with the families. . Now I focus on the European Championship, there will be time to talk to the club later on. “
June 23, 2021 (change June 23, 2021 | 15:21)
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