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Chiesa: "Im completely available to Di Biagio." Team will visit Auschwitz tomorrow

Less than twelve hours after their opening win against Denmark, the Under-21 National Team got back to work ahead of Wednesday’s game in Tychy against the Czech Republic at 18:00 CEST. 

Around 400 fans watched the team train at the home of Wisla Krakow. There was recovery work for yesterday’s starters and more intense training for the rest of the players. Afterwards, there was time to take pictures and sign autographs to the joy of the many children who had come to see the Azzurrini. 

One of the happiest players was Lorenzo Pellegrini who scored a brilliant bicycle kick to give Italy the lead before he celebrated his 21st birthday after the game in the hotel with teammates and staff. Federico Chiesa probably gave the Sassuolo man a run for his money as the best performer yesterday against Denmark as he made a key assist for Petagna’s goal. "The first message I received was from my mum," said the Fiorentina player who also made his Under-21 debut in Krakow against Poland on 23rd March. At the tournament, he is wearing the number 20 which his father Enrico wore at the World Cup. "I chose it because it was free, I didn’t actually know that. He [Enrico] gives me the right advice. He had a different journey than me as he arrived in Serie A at 24." On the other hand, Federico has burst through since starting for Fiorentina away at Juventus on the first day of the season and he was also picked by Gian Piero Ventura against San Marino.

"I’m completely available to Di Biagio and I’ll always be ready," added Chiesa after a display where he showed that he can beat his man on the left. "I feel fine playing there, I used to play there from a very young age and in the Primavera side." Moving ahead in the tournament, he would like to come up against Spain if possible. "I want to challenge Asensio and Bellerin. Against Macedonia, Asensio scored three goals and one of them was really beautiful even if Pellegrini’s was even better."

In the past days, the players stated that they want to visit Auschwitz-Birkenau so the delegation will visit the concentration camps tomorrow before heading to Tychy where they’ll train before facing the Czechs the following day. 

Matchday One Results

Germany 2-0 Czech Repulic 
Denmark 0-2 Italy 

Italy Squad 

Goalkeepers: 17 Alessio Cragno (Benevento); 1 Gianluigi Donnarumma (Milan); 19 Simone Scuffet (Udinese);
Defenders: 3 Antonio Barreca (Torino); 14 Davide Biraschi (Genoa); 2 Davide Calabria (Milan);
13 Mattia Caldara (Atalanta); 12 Andrea Conti (Atalanta); 22 Alex Ferrari (Verona); 23 Pezzella (Palermo); 4 Daniele Rugani (Juventus);
Midfielders: 15 Marco Benassi (Torino); 5 Danilo Cataldi (Genoa); 18 Roberto Gagliardini (Inter); 8 Alberto Grassi (Atalanta); 21 Manuel Locatelli (Milan); 6 Lorenzo Pellegrini (Sassuolo);
Forwards: 7 Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo); 10 Federico Bernardeschi (Fiorentina); 9 Alberto Cerri (Pescara); 20 Federico Chiesa (Fiorentina);16 Luca Garritano (Cesena); 11 Andrea Petagna (Atalanta).
Staff: Delegation Head: Gabriele Oriali; Coach: Luigi Di Biagio; Assistant Coach: Carmine Nunziata; Assistant Coach: Daniele Franceschini; Secretary: Emiliano Cozzi; Goalkeeping Coach: Antonio Chimenti; Fitness Coaches: Vito Azzone and Luca Coppari; Match Analyst: Filippo Lorenzon; Doctors: Angelo De Carli and Luca Gatteschi; Nutritionist Cristian Petri; Physiotherapist: Enzo Paolini, Guido Mauro Ferrini and Maurizio Fagorzi.

Under-21 National Team’s full schedule

Monday 19th June
11:00  training at TG Wisla Krakow  (open to the public)
13:30  meeting the media at the ‘Hotel ‘Q-Plus’ – Krakow (player)

Tuesday 20th June
17:00 press conference at the Tychy Stadium
18:00 MD-1 training session at the Tychy Stadium

Wednesday 21st June
18:00 CZECH REPUBLIC vs. ITALY  Tychy Stadium post match press conferences to follow after the match

Thursday 22nd June
11:00 training at TG Wisla Krakow (closed door)
13:30 meeting the media (player)

Friday 23rd June
17:30 press conference at the Krakow Stadium
18:00 MD-1 training session at the Krakow Stadium

Saturday 24th June
10:30 training at TG Wisla Krakow (closed door)
20:45 ITALY vs. GERMANY  Krakow Stadium post match press conferences to follow after the match

Matchday Two (21st June)

Czech Republic vs. ITALY (18:00  – Tychy)

Denmark vs. Germany (20:45 – Krakow)

Matchday Three (24th June)

Czech Republic vs. Denmark (20:45 – Tychy)

ITALY vs. Germany (20:45 – Krakow)

Semi-finals (27th June) 

Final (30th June)