Last two friendlies for the National Women’s team, which closes a successful season facing first the Netherlands and then Austria. First in the UEFA ranking and vice-world champions, the Netherlands are tomorrow guests at the “Paolo Mazza” stadium in Ferrara (kick-off at 5.30 pm, live on Rai2), a prestigious challenge two years after the match. quarter-finals of the World Cup in Valenciennes, where the dreams of the Italians stopped.
In the press conference on the eve of the eve – we read on Figc.it, coach Milena Bertolini underlines the qualities of the opponents: “The Netherlands are first in the UEFA Ranking, so I expect a top team that is preparing for the Olympics. We organized a friendly against a strong national team precisely because I want my girls to be able to measure themselves against a certain type of opponent to grow and improve. Every match for us is faced to the maximum, it is as if it were the final of a World Cup. This is the spirit with which we take the field, I expect what they have always shown: great motivation and enthusiasm. We must be very compact, ready to manage the ball well, we must have precision in the plays. These are fundamental aspects ”.
Women’s Italy is linked to Ferrara by wonderful memories: “For us it is an important city – underlines Bertolini – where we won against Belgium a fundamental match to go to the World Cup, it is a field that we like. We are happy that the public is there too because it means that we are coming out of this dark period and that we are moving towards light and normality. Having the fans next to us is wonderful, it is extra energy for us. Italy is an Italy that is changing, interesting young people are coming forward and it is precisely through the friendlies that we try to give the young people experience ”.
Next to the coach, Sara Gama. “Tomorrow it will be nice, we are very happy that the public is here this is the first time that we savor these sensations, among other things the public has made the difference right here in Ferrara”. Captain of Italy, he is a point of reference for young women: “I have been playing with the blue shirt for many years – he underlines -, the example is transmitted with gestures rather than words and I like to interact with everyone in my own way How many. Each time it is a challenge because we need to find new ways of communication, especially with the new generations. We mix learning each other because they teach me something too, there is a lot of exchange ”.
After the engagement with the vice-world champions, who return to Italy almost 7 years after the play-off for the 2015 World Cup (in Verona), on Monday 14 June the second and last friendly match of the Azzurre is scheduled in this international window. at the ‘WienerNeustadt Arena’ in WienerNeustad against the hosts of Austria (4.30 pm, live on Rai2), another friendly with a view on UEFA Women’s Euro 2022, scheduled for July 2022 in England.