“Will President Mattarella be there? It is a great demonstration of closeness on his part and for this reason we would like to give a joy to him and to all Italians. We are happy and aware of the enthusiasm, but if there is a victory to celebrate, I invite all the boys to do it with the utmost respect for each other, because I have seen images after the victory over Spain that must be stigmatized ».
Leonardo Bonucci, blue vice captain, speaks before the final day and gives a non-trivial message to the fans. But not only. Even the controversy over England-Denmark refereeing must stay out of Coverciano and the blue bubble in view of Sunday’s final at Wembley against the hosts: “We only think about playing football, having fun and bringing enthusiasm – underlines the centenary light blue – . I am sure that Sunday will be the best show for European football by everyone, players and referees. We will play in the home of the English, but this does not scare us. Zero excuses, even on tiredness. We take the field for a historic goal and we can’t wait for Sunday evening ».
Pressed also by the British press, Bonucci focuses on the challenge to the English attack, fast, powerful, young: “It will be young against old men – smiles Leo – Kane is one of the strongest in the world, Sterling is very fast. But the growth of a player like Di Lorenzo, who has always had to face great outside strikers makes it clear that we don’t play as individuals, but as a group. We are a sum that is greater than individualities. This is our secret ».
The blue defender finally jokes about his new role as “invader”, blocked by a steward at Wembley during the celebrations for the final reached: “It was a nice curtain, I was disappointed only because when I hugged her she was a bit ‘chilly, but I understand that they work hours and hours with attention to the fans. But if I recognize her on Sunday, I’d like to hug her again ».
Italy-England is the final of the 2021 Europeans
July 9, 2021 (change July 9, 2021 | 15:09)
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