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Zaniolo: ‘Italy protagonists at EURO 2024’



Nicolò Zaniolo insists Italy ‘should go to the Euros not simply as a cameo, however as protagonists, as reigning champions’ after securing the purpose they wanted towards Ukraine.

The Aston Villa ahead had been on the bench for the 5-2 win over North Macedonia on Friday, however stepped into the beginning XI rather than Domenico Berardi this night.

He appeared to hobble off with an damage on the high of the thigh muscle throughout this 0-0 draw with Ukraine in Leverkusen.

“We knew this was a troublesome recreation, as Ukraine are robust, they’ve plenty of expertise. We needed to battle it out, we had the suitable motivation, as Italy should go to the Euros not simply as a cameo, however as protagonists, as reigning champions,” Zaniolo advised Sky Sport Italia.

“The coach had warned us this may be a unique recreation to the one at San Siro, as every thing was at stake. It was extra bodily within the second half, there was much less room to cross the ball round, however we stayed united and fought laborious to earn qualification.”

Zaniolo was picked for the Italy squad by Roberto Mancini earlier than he had even made his Serie A debut, so it was a little bit of a shift when Spalletti took over in September.

“My rapport with the coach is a really sincere one. I haven’t recognized him for lengthy, however he’s very open, blunt, he tells you what he must and tells you to your face. It didn’t matter what number of minutes I performed, the vital factor was to qualify.

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“I’ve been within the Nazionale for 5 years, roughly. I by no means noticed gamers maintain again, as a result of we don’t simply play for a staff, we characterize all of the tens of millions of people who find themselves in Italy.”

The Azzurri gained the EURO 2020 trophy by beating England on penalties at Wembley Stadium, although it was solely performed in the summertime of 2021 because of the pandemic.