Italy, Toloi: ‘Strong group, we are ready for a great European’

Italy, Toloi: ‘Strong group, we are ready for a great European’
Italy, Toloi: ‘Strong group, we are ready for a great European’

The Atalanta defender ready for the European Championship: “A very strong group, the enthusiasm that has been created around the national team is normal. We play well, we win and we convince.” And on his own role: “Mancini asks to stay high, to be ready to press, compared to Atalanta it doesn’t change much. I consider my call to be an award for many years of work”


“This is a very strong group, we are ready to better face a competition of European value “. Rafael Toloi has no doubts about the potential of the National Italian. The Atalanta defender, included in the list of 26 called up by coach Roberto Mancini, retraced the path made by the Azzurri and took stock of the goals for the European Championship at a press conference in Coverciano. “The enthusiasm that has been created around the national team is normal -insure Toloi – because the team is playing well, winning and convincing. We are fine and we must continue on this path, working calmly to achieve a great goal“.

“My award call to work in recent years”

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The day after the 4-0 round against the Czech Republic was marked by the training match lost 1-0 against the Under 20s. “Yesterday was a level test – explains Toloi – the Czech Republic is a quality team“. Italy won the eighth game in a row without conceding a goal and the Azzurri have only taken one goal in the last 12 games played.” The merit is not only of the back department, but also of the whole team that helps themselves – is Toloi’s explanation – this group is very close, they are all great guys. When I arrived I was immediately happy. There was a lot of choice for the call-ups, the coach chose me and I’m very happy. I consider it an award to the work of the last few years“. The Atalanta defender also spoke about the interpretation of the role Mancini asks him:”In the back four I feel good both as a central and as a right-back, I am learning through training what the coach requires.. Mancini asks to stay tall, to be ready to press, it doesn’t change much compared to what happens in Atalanta. “

“Happy for Pessina, he can grow again”

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Toloi complete with Emerson e Jorginho the trio of Italian-Brazilians called up by Mancini for the European Championship. “They are top level players who are doing well in Chelsea and have been in the national team for a long time. They helped me a lot in this period and I immediately felt comfortable because we have a fantastic group.” Atalanta will also be represented Matteo Pessina, in a group instead of the injured Sensi: “I am happy for him, he is a boy who has grown up a lot – Toloi admits – after Verona he came to Atalanta and played a very high level championship: I consider him a boy who can still improve “.


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