Spinazzola: “Before Italy-Turkey Mourinho called me and asked me ‘are you doing it or are you ready?'”

Spinazzola: “Before Italy-Turkey Mourinho called me and asked me ‘are you doing it or are you ready?'”
Spinazzola: “Before Italy-Turkey Mourinho called me and asked me ‘are you doing it or are you ready?'”

Al CorSera: “As a boy I was a bit presumptuous: some coaches in the youth teams already saw me as a defender and I wanted to play further ahead and score goals”

Db Bologna 04/06/2021 – friendly match / Italy-Czech Republic / photo Daniele Buffa / Image Sport in the photo: Leonardo Spinazzola

In the Corriere della Sera an interview with Leonardo Spinazzola, Roma player, European champion with Mancini’s national team. He remembers those days, the union of the group and the relationship with his teammates, which he will find in the league, on his return to the field, as opponents. He tells an anecdote about Mourinho, the new Roma coach. A phone call made to him by the coach before Italy-Turkey.

«He phoned me before Italy-Turkey and told me: are you doing it or are you strong? Are you afraid or are you ready? And me: I’m very ready, mister, and can’t wait to get started ».

They ask him if he always thought he would be a footballer. He replies:

«Honestly, I had the skills right from the start. Maybe I also had too many. At times I was a bit presumptuous, like when some coaches in the youth teams already saw me in a more rearward position on the pitch and I wanted to play further ahead and score goals. Then the goals became fewer and fewer and I became a full-back. Maybe I wasted time and a few opportunities. Maybe it was just my path and I had to follow it to the end ».

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