Europeans, Lippi: “Stretcher star of Italy. Eriksen not up to the top, Lukaku … “

Europeans, Lippi: “Stretcher star of Italy. Eriksen not up to the top, Lukaku … “
Europeans, Lippi: “Stretcher star of Italy. Eriksen not up to the top, Lukaku … “

Interviewed by La Gazzetta dello Sport, the former Italy coach Marcello Lippi spoke about the national team in view of the European Championships

Interviewed by La Gazzetta dello Sport, the former Italy coach Marcello Lippi spoke about the national team in view of the European Championships:

«Insigne is very strong, but there is another blue who will be a protagonist like him at the European Championship…».

“Stretcher. It is not an absolute novelty, after two seasons in Inter and in the Champions League, but it will be the surprise of the tournament. His time has come. I like how he plays, how he fights, how he runs. Our star is him ».

«Impressive against the Czechs. He always plays with great quality in a context that seems made for him. As soon as Italy has the ball, they all start vertically in the spaces and Insigne is ready, both from outside and more in the center, as on the other hand in Napoli ».

Isn’t it that this national team risks getting too excited?

“No. These guys know how to win. They are aware of their strength, of their superiority. It is not presumption, but self-esteem. Those two friendlies with top opponents would have been convenient, I say this from experience, but now we’re here. Ready ».

Who are the other phenomena?

«Inevitable to start with Mbappé. In the fight for the succession of Messi and Ronaldo he has been in the front row since he won the World Cup. Always decisive. I also like the young players who arrived in the European finals: Foden, Sterling, Mount, Havertz … ».

Havertz was not always convincing.

“I’ve been following him for a long time and he has never let me down. Moreover, in Chelsea he has found the ideal dimension: a compact team that knows how to restart in the spaces where he is lethal. Great merit went to Tuchel ».

Foden, with that angry baby face …?

«Very young yet he has shots that we rarely see: he combines quality and speed like few others. When it verticalizes it is irresistible ».

In the final there was an older but still prototype of the modern 10: De Bruyne.

«The real all-round player. He is not a midfielder, attacking midfielder, striker, that’s all. Accelerations, triangles, verticalizations. With him and Lukaku Belgium has two great ones ».

«If he plays like Inter he will score repeatedly. He was the most decisive player in Serie A ever and the best Nerazzurri with Barella. Not a simple center forward, but the real point of reference of the game. He scores and makes the others score by opening spaces, placing the ball, calling the game to himself ».

Another great striker?

“Very easy: Lewandowski. One of the sniper category. It is important that he has a team behind him that creates many dangerous situations. He takes care of finalizing them, even if he is no longer very young. Like another phenomenon … ».

“Of course. He stays young and I think he definitely points to Qatar too. As in Juve, you don’t build scoring chances by yourself, but then you are relentless when you have to close them. Always in the right place and at the right time ».

And other “Italians”? Kulusevski, Eriksen, Malinovskyi …

«Good, but not up to the top. Maybe one day some of them will be. But for now the names are different ».

June 6, 2021 (change June 6, 2021 | 09:47)

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