The blue striker in the press conference: “In four months many things have happened, but I am still the same guy as before. I am aware that he is a starting point and not an arrival point. Mancini treats everyone the same way, he has given me confidence and courage to face this adventure “
In 2006, when Italy became world champion, Giacomo Raspadori he was just six years old. “I was little but I remember everyone, it was a magical moment like the one I live now”. A fairy tale that of the 2000-born striker who against the Wales made his debut at the European Championships with the blue shirt: “When I walked in I thought “Man, is this really happening?” – Raspadori tells at the press conference – Mine is a fairy tale, many things have happened in four months. My strength is balance, I’m the same guy as before. This is very important, I am aware that this is a starting point and not an arrival point “. Head on shoulders and feet on the ground. These are the cornerstones of Raspadori who, also in the national team, continues his studies in sports science:”In the morning I study, in the afternoon I play the play – he explains – Now I’m studying anatomy for September, so at least I understand what happens instead of not understanding “.
“I play with my idols”
Smiles and jokes: Italy leaves for Coverciano
A job on and off the pitch for Raspadori who deserved the call-up thanks to his performances with the Sassuolo shirt. “The first thing he said to me Mancini when I was called up it is that if I am here it is because I deserved it – admits the striker – It gave me confidence, courage to face this adventure. I saw my teammates as idols, now I play with them. At the beginning the difficulty was mine, but the team was fantastic and helped me. “Fundamental, in this sense, the support of two teammates such as Berardi and Locatelli: “They are two examples and two points of reference – explains Raspadori – Their growth is incredible”.
“Wembley will be exciting”
Italy, on Saturday at 9 pm the round of 16 against Austria
After the group stage, Italy is now in the eighth final againstAustria, scheduled for Saturday at 21 a Wembley. A stadium where Raspadori will enter for the first time as a player: “It will be exciting just to put your feet on the pitch, until a few months ago I would never have thought of reaching stadiums like this, of being the protagonist. It is a source of pride, I want to enjoy it to the fullest, have fun, go with a free head and hope that everything goes for the best. Austria? They are strong and organized, we must be ready “.