He loves Kun Aguero, they approach him with Totò Di Natale. The call-up in extremis recalls that of the twenty-two year old Paolo Rossi in 1978 (world championship in Argentina), or that of Totò Schillaci in 1990 (world championship in Italy) at the age of twenty-seven. And again: Gianluca Vialli sneaked into Bearzot’s Italy, in 1986 in Mexico, twenty-two, as a reserve but always played. In short, Giacomo Raspadori, born in 2000, Emilian from Bentivoglio, a village of five thousand inhabitants not far from Bologna, falls well as he falls. For many, strong and good guy. His presence is good for everyone. Zero minutes in blue and a European to dream, for a 2000 it’s not bad. He was out, he wasn’t even well and perhaps, if the Under team had gone ahead, Mancio would have called Politano, leaving Giacomino to coach Nicolato. A sliding doors: the blue closes, the blue sea opens up. It is that famous train that passes fast, on which you have to get on, even in a hurry. Paolo Rossi blossomed in that strange world championship in Argentina, Schillaci in Italy ’90 was the top scorer. The story is built step by step, but sometimes a breath of wind is enough to give the sprint. Roberto De Zerbi has enhanced him, launching him in great football, he wants him more shrewd, because that must be the soul of an attacker. «After the match against Benevento, I told him that one evening we should go and steal wallets, to make him understand that he is a very good boy and sometimes not malicious. In the penalty he won there was also the malice of the expert attacker and this made me smile. At 41, I still remember the phrases of my coaches: a striker must know a moment first what will happen next. If he improves in this he becomes strong, strong, strong », the words of the former Emilian coach, during the championship, commenting on the performances of his Giacomino. «His explosion makes me proud, I am and Sassuolo is», always the current Shakhtar coach. The project was clear there: to launch talents and in that school there are several, among other things also his teammates in the national team, see Berardi and Locatelli. The school is in attendance, it works. And Sassuolo, before today, had never had Italians called up for Europeans or World Cups.
The first as a starter in Serie A, last summer at the Olimpico against Lazio, is marked by a goal, the first. And who is this Raspadori? Also ask Beppe Iachini who, at the time of Sassuolo, had spotted him and brought him to train in the first team. Then De Zerbi thought about following its growth, accompanying it, giving it the blue color and making it flexible, now Giacomo knows how to play in all attacking roles. And Inter, Napoli and more want it. After all, when you come off the bench and overturn Milan, you understand that you can write destiny yourself. Raspadori enters Defrel’s place after 64 minutes and does not hide: in twelve minutes he draws, then after seven he decides that Milan had to be knocked out. Crazy stuff. Mancini has gone mad. He, the coach, as is well known, certainly did not have any problems, having already called up Zaniolo without even a presence in Serie A. Talent is talent, he may not be escorted by numbers. Which are in the making for someone his age. Numbers that prove Politano right, who lost his place, while Bernardeschi kept him, also angering – with his anti-Pirlo statements – all of Juve. Raspadori is in. It counts to be on that list. At the moment. With the number 22 shirt. All his own.
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