Manuel Locatelli, great goal of Juventus, two days before the match between Italy and Turkey at the Olimpico in Rome, presented himself in front of the press from the Media Center in Coverciano, Florence.
On the debut in the European Championship as a starter “Being here is an emotion, it’s something I dreamed of as a child. I don’t know what formation the coach will choose but we will try to be ready. There is responsibility, go on the pitch for the Italians, it’s a responsibility that everyone would like to take. It’s a pride “.
On the future “They are just talk. There is such an important competition to play that I am focused on this. “
On the European “The fact that he was moved made it easier for me, it was a season where I matured. I changed as a player, as a person, I feel more mature and responsible.”
On the game of this Italy “We have a precise identity on how to play. The difficulties, if there are any, we will be ready. We are born like this: we have unity of purpose, it will stand out even on these occasions”.
On his role at the European Championship “Representing Italy is something to tell your children. I watched these competitions at the oratory on the big screen. I know how great it would be to play, we will give everything for Italy”.
On his role “I feel great when I play two like in Sassuolo, like here when we set up. I can balance and get on with the ball, look for the play. I can also play in front of the defense, I’m also flexible “.
On the failure to land in a big in the past “I rely on the field, on real things, the others are chatter, it is useless to talk about it”.
About Turkey “They are an important team, they have good players like Calhanoglu with whom I played together. It will not be easy but we will have to give everything “.
On his ransom for his career and on the big court “It’s a revenge for myself. When you have these disappointments it’s important to relaunch yourself, to prove your worth. I don’t know if it’s a revenge for those who didn’t believe in me, I think about the present. the maturity I am talking about is the step by which I do not let myself be influenced. It is so important that it would be wasted to think about the market even though I know that after the European Championship I will have to make some decisions. .
On De Zerbi and Mancini “De Zerbi and Mancini are tactically similar but very different. It is a pity that the coach has left Italy, I wish him the best of luck. He can become a top international player, I wish him so and he deserves it.”
On his model “Daniele De Rossi: he didn’t have a 5 like me in the national team but he was an example and he is. I was also in awe of talking to him, I lived the 2006 World Cup like you when he went to take the penalty in the final. For me it is a privilege having him here, I hope to reach his levels. Now that I have met him I can say that he is a good person. “
Still on De Rossi “For the idea that he had as a player, he will want to set the game in possession of the ball, on domination. He will be a charismatic coach, you can see it here too, in talking to him, he will be a charismatic coach, for sure. “