The coach: “We will play with respect, but not with fear.” The former Inter Milan: “It won’t be easy, the Azzurri’s football is spectacular”
From our correspondent Marco Pasotto
Baku-Rome-Baku. Back and forth, and it’s not exactly a walk in the park. Over four thousand kilometers, two hours of time, a national to be moved and placed on a plane every three days, hoping that the logistics do not numb the muscles. Vladimir Petkovic is delighted by the idea of returning to the Olimpico, the stadium in which he wrote an exciting page for Lazio with the conquest of the 2012-13 Italian Cup in the final against Roma. Here, let’s say that Vlado in Rome maybe he would have liked to stay there also for the third challenge of a group that started with a bitter taste. A draw with Wales that is equivalent to a victory thrown away and could cost dearly, even in light of tomorrow’s match against an Italy launched at supersonic speed.
“It’s nice to be back in Rome after eight years, it’s the first time I’ve returned to the Olimpico – says Petkovic -. What kind of match will we play? What we’ve always done, that is our football. Italy is not only the big favorite. for the group, but for the final victory and we will have to show our qualities. We will have to surprise and amaze them. We will need more speed and cynicism in front of goal. However, against the big teams we have already shown that we can dominate. Italy, be ready to play our game. Respect, but not fear “. Next to the coach is Shaqiri, whose replacement the other day was badly digested by more than one fan, despite a not exciting performance. Tomorrow, among other things, there will be a particular intersection for him. The one with Roberto Mancini, who coached him at Inter in the first six months (not unforgettable) of 2015, when Xherdan arrived on loan from Bayern before emigrating to Stoke. “I am looking forward to seeing Mancini again, he is a great man. He has made Italy a great team, I am very happy for him. He is an excellent coach. Italy is no longer the traditional one he was trying to defend, now it is spectacular, he plays very attacking football and they feel comfortable playing like that. We’ll try to score, but they haven’t scored in nine games, which shows how strong they are defensively too. “
June 15, 2021 (change June 15, 2021 | 19:02)
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