Leonardo Spinazzola admits Italy stars had ‘goosebumps’ after fans cheered team bus to the Stadio Olimpico before win over Turkey… as Lorenzo Insigne reveals Roberto Mancini told them to remain calm after frustrating first half
Italy left-back Leonardo Spinazzola claims his side were left with ‘goosebumps’ after the fanfare in the streets that greeted their arrival at the Stadio Olimpico ahead of their win against Turkey.
Roberto Mancini’s men claimed a 3-0 victory in the opening game of Euro 2020, with a Merih Demiral own goal being followed by strikes from forwards Ciro Immobile and Lorenzo Insigne.
The Azzurri now take the advantage in Group A, and Roma full-back Spinazzola labelled their performance at his home ground in club football ‘perfect’ and lauded his side’s patience after a goalless first half.
Leonardo Spinazzola claims Italy’s stars had goosebumps after their arrival at the stadium
Roberto Mancini’s men claimed a 3-0 victory in the opening game of Euro 2020 against Turkey
‘The emotions started on the bus towards the stadium, seeing all the people in the streets. It really did give us goosebumps,’ Spinazzola – who was awarded the Man of the Match award by UEFA – told Sky Sport Italia.
‘It was a perfect performance. We were patient, we moved the ball around well. Then afterwards I saw my son in the stands, it was emotional.
‘The coach [Mancini] always tells me to push forward and press, but sometimes I ask for a bit of a breather, it’s really tiring!
‘We have a mix of incredible qualities in this squad, with great midfielders, forwards and defenders. Everyone brings something to the table.’
Roma defender Sinazzola was awarded the Man of the Match award by UEFA in Rome
But he said that the fanfare that greeted their arrival at the Stadio Olimpico moved the players
Rio Ferdinand meanwhile praised the Spinazzola, 28, for his excellent deliveries into the box, and praised how comfortable he looked on the left-hand side despite being right-footed.
‘I thought he was fantastic,’ Ferdinand told BBC One. ‘I saw him against Manchester United [in the Europa League] and they were lucky he came off injured. He is an outlet, he is always high up the pitch.
‘He is released to being almost a left winger when Italy have possession and he controls that left side on his own. He’s so comfortable in doing it, he is a right-footed player playing on the left which isn’t normal.
‘He wants to be one versus one, and then it is about your execution and delivery, and invariably he got it right today. Him and Insigne combining is going to cause a lot of teams problems.’
Rio Ferdinand meanwhile praised the Spinazzola, 28, for his excellent deliveries into the box
Goalscorer Insigne meanwhile revealed Mancini called for calm among his men ahead of the second half.
Some of Italy’s players were left…