Gravina: "The National Team have proven that they’re able to bring the country together.” Mancini: “I’d like to thank the lads”The FIGC President offered his congratulations, while the Head Coach is already thinking about the Final Four of the Nations League: “It’ll be a great event, we can do well.” Evani: “The lads have been magnificent.” Insigne: “We want to take Italy to the top again.”
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
The National Team are celebrating, and now they’ve received the compliments of FIGC President Gabriele Gravina after they managed to make it through to the Final Four of the Nations League, bringing joy to all Italians in the process: “The National Team have once again proven that they’re able to bring the country together, generate enthusiasm and provide hope. The lads and all the staff deserve a big round of applause, starting with Roberto Mancini. We’re bringing great joy to our fans at home, and the fact we’ll be involved in the Final Four and the European Championship is important for our country. The hope is that fans will be present in June and October, they are fundamental.”
The President continued: "We’ve created a perfect machine in which everyone carries out their tasks with diligence and devotion. Hearing all the guys talking about the National Team as one big family makes me happy."
After sitting out the last three matches due to COVID-19, Roberto Mancini held a video call from Rome (mentioning that he feels “great”) and is already thinking about the many matches in store for his side in 2021: “The Final Four of the Nations League will be a great event given that we will host it in Italy after the European Championship. We’ll have the opportunity to make a good impression and we’ll try to do so. I’d like to thank the guys that were there today and also all those who, like me, were at home but who have contributed to this result. We have some excellent youngsters and need to give them the opportunity to play. There are many of them and our youth system is vital, even more so at this time.”
After stepping in for the Head Coach in the Azzurri dugout, Alberico Evani celebrated his third consecutive match. At the end of the game, he was unable to hide his emotions: “The lads have been magnificent, because, even without Roberto, everything has gone smoothly. I can only say ‘thank you’ to the team. Picking up three wins from three convincing performances wasn’t a given.” After the European Championship, Italy will host another big event in the form of the Final Four of the Nations League: “It’ll be great to test ourselves against Spain, France and Belgium. We can’t wait to assess the level we’re at, we feel like we’re getting closer to the best European sides.”
After putting in a man-of-the-match display against Poland, Lorenzo Insigne continued his fantastic form against Bosnia, displaying all of his class: first, he provided Belotti with an assist to make it 1-0; then, he almost scored a sumptuous goal with a right-footed curler. But he was also prepared to do the dirty work too, chasing down his opponents and confirming his status as a leader of the team: “We’re working hard because we want to take Italy back to the top again: it’s where the country deserves to be,” the Napoli striker said after the match. “We knew that today would be difficult, and we did well to ensure that we were ready and fired up for the fixture. We displayed great mentality and were able to impose our game. Mancini is helping us to grow, we always give our all and wear this important shirt with pride.”