Claudio Ranieri photographed the moment of Italy with an article written in the Gazzetta dello Sport: his words
Claudio Ranieri spoke ofItaly, photographing the moment of the Azzurri. The words of the former Sampdoria coach.
«Applause to Italy, to Mancini and also to Wales who deserve to go through as second. I start with Roberto: he equaled the record of a totem pole in our football history, Vittorio Pozzo, the coach of the 1934 and 1938 world titles. As Peppino said to Totò, “I said everything”. Mancini has merits in no particular order: he wrote an excellent script for this Italy, he managed to involve everyone, he is making love for the blue shirt return. We see that the team has acquired its own very specific physiognomy. Italy 2 has in fact re-proposed the guidelines of Italy 1: the same triangulations, the same reconquest of the ball, the same enthusiasm, the same joy. We only scored one goal, but it was nice: on the scheme. We touched on an encore with an identical game situation. These dynamics usually belong to club formations: it is not easy to bring them back to the national team. Now let’s see who will touch us in the second round of Wembley: I think more Ukraine than Austria. Whoever it is, we can look forward to Saturday’s challenge with serenity and confidence. We have a typical week to prepare for the race and this is very important. But the real reason for the optimism is the size that Italy has reached. The Azzurri look like a pack of wolves: the collective desire to win back the ball is impressive. It seems to me that this group has another important gift: humility. It is a fundamental requirement: for our type of game, you cannot afford presumption. We are on the right track. We deserve to export this show to a theater like the one in Wembley ».
PLAYERS – «A quote for Jorginho: he is unique. He is the ship’s commander: he gives game times, directions, suggestions. Talk to everyone, make his voice heard clear and loud. He is a leader of international standing: his experience at Chelsea completed him. Successes in the Europa League and Champions League have added the winning mentality to his repertoire. This time he had Verratti at his side: good in the recovery phase, sometimes he held the ball more, when perhaps a quicker solution was advisable, probably because he wanted to regain contact with the game. The defense has not collected a goal yet and this is another comforting aspect: well Emerson Palmieri and the almost rookie Toloi, great Bastoni: he will be Chiellini’s heir. Wales played their game. He was square, he defended himself with order even in numerical inferiority, he qualified. It is perhaps an undervalued square, or not valued correctly. We all expected Switzerland, but Wales have a group of important players: it’s not just Bale and Ramsey to understand us ».