Often in the history of the national team, the last minute man, the one called against all odds, is decisive for the result. In these Europeans, the surprise character could be Giacomo Raspadori, called by Mancini after an excellent championship final with Sassuolo. A call-up that until a few months ago was absolutely unforeseeable and of which, the young striker born in 2000 spoke from the withdrawal in Coverciano: “I’m still a bit confused. After his friendly debut against the Czech Republic, sleeping was difficult. Surely it was a great emotion, very strong because above all it arrived in my city, in front of my family who fortunately was there to see me, and it was truly an incredible thing. I like Paolo Rossi? It would be really great to do like him, but for me, being here is a dream come true and I’m proud of it. I thank the coach Mancini for this opportunity, I am truly speechless. Why did he choose me? I don’t know, maybe because my physical and technical characteristics are different from the others that exist “.
“National debut point of departure, not of arrival”
Mancini: “I hope Raspadori can do like Pablito”
A goal, that ofdebut in the national team, which, however, can be considered with another step of a path that began a long time ago: “I consider myself a calm guy who tries to give my best every day and who thinks every day to try to improve himself, I think that is the most important thing. I have come from a very good period but we must always maintain the right balance and take everything as a starting point and not an arrival point. My first thought? To my parents and my grandparents: they made many sacrifices because they have always been ready to indulge my and my brother’s passion. We had to go back and forth between Bologna and Sassuolo, it wasn’t easy. But they have always indulged us. Certainly my luck was to grow up in an environment like that of Sassuolo who pays great attention to the young players and first of all to the people and the players. “And now, Raspadori has made the acquaintance of the Azzurri group:”There are no negative dynamics in the group and this I think is a very important thing. Especially when such important competitions are played, this really makes the difference. Pressure? If you do this job for many years you have to be able to handle it. Sure it’s not easy, but if you take things right trying to have fun and always giving everything for what we are passionate about I think we are ready“.