He protects the young Gnonto, praises Gianluigi Donnarumma, who wants to play against Hungary tomorrow evening despite a dislocated finger. And he says that some Azzurri, to whom he had given permission to leave, because he saw them tired, instead wanted to stay: a good sign for the coach Roberto Mancini and his Italy bis, also given the controversies of recent days about who had left the retreat. Building the foundations for a new cycle in this June Nations League is a complicated challenge, but the European champion coach wants to put in another piece soon, after the point won by the team he experienced against Germany, in Bologna. Tomorrow evening, in Cesena, the Hungary of his former Sampdoria partner Marco Rossi arrives, capable of beating England: “It is a team that defends very well, has very strong central players physically, we will try to do our best”. For Italy “it will not be a foregone conclusion, there are no more, they are playing excellent football”, said Mancio in the press conference on the eve of the Orogel Stadium, sold out tomorrow with over 15 thousand present. The coach is not unbalanced on the formation. There will certainly be changes with respect to Germany, but it does not say which ones. “I don’t think all of them, but many”.

There may be new beginnings. In goal there is the doubt Donnarumma, who in the final of the match in Bologna remedied a dislocation in a finger. “He has a small problem, but he wants to play, let’s evaluate in the morning. If he feels like playing and wants to play, he plays. For me he remains the best goalkeeper in Europe.” The desire of the number one of the PSG “is a signal” and “there are also others, Leo, the Rooster, to whom I told to go and rest. It is a signal”, he repeats. Up front we inevitably talk about Gnonto, a semi-unknown rookie until the other day, able to enter and, after five minutes, assist for the goal against the Germans. The winger of Zurich “is a boy who is 18, you don’t have to put so much pressure on him: he must have the opportunity to grow and improve”, Mancini protects him. “For his age, he knows how to play like few players, and he is very fast. But he has to grow calmly, without putting pressure on him after half an hour of presence in the national team A”. We also continue to talk about Scamacca, after the good performance on Wednesday.

For Mancini “he has all the qualities to become a very good striker. Despite his height he is fast, powerful, technical, he can become complete”. But not even for the Sassuolo striker is there the certainty of a starting shirt. The championship has just ended, the tiredness is great. Nicolò Barella also admitted: “There is fatigue, there is a commitment, but wearing this shirt must always be an honor and not a burden. I enter the field to put everything I have and I am convinced that my teammates will do it “, says the inter. “I am not among those to whom the coach has given permission to go home. When it comes to tiredness and there is this shirt, everything takes a back seat, even if the season is long you have to honor the blue shirt”, reiterates the concept. “The public? We can only thank him. After the great disappointment of the missed World Cup they were close to us, they filled the stadiums. We will enter the field to try to honor their desire and to win”.

STRETCHER: ‘THE BLUE SHIRT IS AN HONOR NOT A WEIGHT’
“I’m not among those to whom the coach has given permission to go home. When it comes to tiredness and this shirt is there, everything takes a back seat, even if the season is long, we must honor the blue shirt.” Nicolò Barella said this on the eve of the Azzurri’s match against Hungary in Cesena. “The public? We can only thank him. After the great disappointment of the missed World Cup, they were close to us, they filled the stadiums. We will enter the field to try to honor their desire and to win,” added the Inter. “It is not for me to say – continued the Inter Milan, answering a question about the Nations League commitments – if you could do without these matches. There is tiredness, the commitment is there, but wearing this shirt must to always be an honor and not a burden. I enter the field to put everything I have and I am convinced that my teammates will do it too. ” “I’m sorry – he said, returning to the lack of qualification for Qatar – to have lost against Macedonia, to have gone out like this, in a match that had to be won 4-0. This time for me a double disappointment, I felt the protagonist of what happened. I know how to give myself an explanation, we will try to do everything to go to the next one, to play a great European.

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