Italy returns to the field for a fundamental double challenge: the last two useful rounds to get a place at Euro 2024, against North Macedonia on Friday, November 17 at the Olympic Stadium and Ukraine, at the BayArena on November 20. After the meeting in Coverciano, Luciano Spalletti Speak at the press conference: follow the interviews and all the words of the Italian coach in real time.
The Italian program
The group met yesterday afternoon at the federal center in Coverciano, where they will remain until Thursday, when they plan to move to Rome; From there, immediately after the match, the Azzurri will return to Florence, from where they will fly to Leverkusen on Sunday.
Spalletti and the formation of Italy
“I asked Fiorentina to send us the Under 17/18 team for training tomorrow,” Spalletti revealed at the end of the press conference in Coverciano.
Spalletti and the Zaniolo case
“How did Zaniolo spend this month? When the authorities came he felt very disappointed, maybe he is not as clean as someone who has never played anything, but he has always maintained that he has never played in incriminating situations and for which accusations had been made “And in any case we must also take into account the human aspect, we try to be close to these children, we do not leave them alone.”
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Spalletti on García and the Napoli crisis
“Napoli? I have nothing to say. I had prepared a little, but I am the coach of the national team and at this moment I think it is unfair to talk about clubs, just as it is unfair to always make comparisons with the team.” past I respect García a lot, he showed that he is a decent, balanced person, it was not good from the first game to compare him with the team’s past, that past is a beautiful past that is part of a beautiful history that our football must bring with it because it was an incredible emotion.”
Spalletti on the Italy captain
“The captain also has the number of appearances, but it is what he says, he is the one who shows the way, he is also the leader who comes out when there are difficulties. It is based on what he says in the interviews, based on the estimate of which covers all the components. Often the captain is the one who is appreciated even by the opponents. I left the captain who was there. I liked how Donnarumma behaved in the last match in Milan, he showed that he has personality. He took everything and did not “Not reacting, that’s the behavior of a captain. “I’m not ruling anything out, it’s certainly a discussion that can be discussed again ahead of the Euro.”
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“This morning I told the guys that we had to do something different, if you pick them up in their area then they throw long. We need to see what our characteristics are and then create a way of being on the field that is stimulating.” , which everyone likes, I get it right if they understand that that is the right direction, otherwise they go back 10 meters and it becomes another quality of play. The difference between Italian and European football is above all in that, they play the game. We were inferior in the Wembley duels, they searched for physical impact and wanting to fight better, they were more determined. Let’s do what we all said together and continue down the path we took after hearing the words. “The comments of the players. The players and their quality count, if you manage to make an even better team.”
Spalletti on the double match against North Macedonia and Ukraine
“We have fear on our side, we overcome it together. Against England I saw many rays of light and I did not find myself in intense darkness: normally we tend to erase defeats, but in that match there are many things well done.” , and in some moments very well, which we must maintain.
Spalletti: “This is what catches my attention about Serie A”
“What catches my attention about this Serie A? In general, this morning I spoke with our players that the fundamental things are construction and pressure, that counts in football. And then, precisely because I had seen it a little, are the team’s distances. Blocking With the right distances you can dominate and sometimes even suffer in the right way. If a team defends with its feet in the penalty area, the essential thing is that the team’s blocking is everywhere. This fact Distances are important, so is City. Sometimes they defend low but leaving the field without space between departments is the most important thing, we must all stay within 30 meters to be able to help each other and develop, strong teams never lose distance, especially in the best moments of his career. “In the second half we were a little ahead of England, while in the first we did very well.”
Spalletti on Cambiaso
“Cambiaso? He’s a footballer who knows football, he’s one of those a little modern players who feels good everywhere. Having Dimarco on the wing, someone who comes in more like Udogie or Cambiaso can give new tactical situations in the construction of the field”. “So you can risk a 3 plus 2 construction, which is always an important situation in football. Now there is no longer a rigid tactical scheme, it becomes something liquid that then dilutes during the match. He is left-footed, not right-footed , although the quality of his right foot is very similar”,
Spalletti in Good morning
“Good morning? In the second call-up he was injured, while in the first we had to pay attention to the playing time because in that call-up you bring a little physical condition, it is important to have played some game.” time and he had never played. In October he didn’t bring him because he was injured. I spoke with him when I was in Turin, he is an exquisite person and a total professional. “His decision to stay in Italy is important and I hope that he also gave other players some ideas about what is happening, that is, follow your heart and not just look at an interest.”
Spalletti on Totti
“That of the Child Jesus is a moment that the Federation had already built, the Federation is always very attentive to these events where there is a need for presence. When I was in Rome I had already had the opportunity to go and share some moments of happiness with these children , so now that I have to go back I am happy. Since we had to have this meeting with Totti, it was only fair to be able to make him available because he has also always been very sensitive to these children. situations related to children who need help. If we give him this moment to guys who are my friends but also his friends, I think it is something beautiful for both of us. I am happy to be able to talk to him again, to be able to call him. to have him again because when I had him as a coach he was a source of inspiration for me, As a footballer he showed me important things in the passing lanes full of creativity and imagination, many things he showed me are still innovative, they are a huge support to allow me to have the career I have had. Tuscany is my land, my blood. It is painful to see many normal families and struggling staff being further tested. “I thank the Federation for helping these people although later I saw that they had already done it themselves because the next day they were already shoveling.”
Spalletti on Zaniolo called up
“Zaniolo has always said that he played things that can be bet and continued to say that he was clean about the accusations. Before calling him up I spoke with the Federation and there is nothing that prevents him from calling him up.”
Spalletti on Cristante and Jorginho
“There is Cambiaso who has a swollen ankle, Cristante who has a muscle strain and we must pay attention in the first and second training sessions. We sent Locatelli home, Jorginho has some points in his head from the last game and we have to be very careful.” taken, but we need the feet of him.”
Spalletti: “The players are susceptible”
“Are the clips made available to players individually or in teams? They are always team-based, in the clips we never analyze the individual player but rather the context, I know they are delicate.”
Spalletti at Udogie
“Why isn’t Udogie here? Because he’s hurt.”
Spalletti and training
“For us, winning the first game gives us an advantage over the second, so let’s pay attention to that formation. Then there may be some assessments about the players in view of the two tied games, but in any case I don’t make a formation for the first game and another for the second. “It’s clear that something will change, but we’re doing one thing at a time.”
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“It depends a little on the moment they are also going through with the club. Then there are many reconfirmations. Jorginho, for example, was called up now because between September and October he had played little. But he had always shown his desire to return.” being part of this group, he had spoken with them on the phone and he had expressed all his desire to wear this shirt. He now plays regularly, he seems to be better, he has returned to being the man of the team, the director who shows the way, he has become the captain of Arsenal: there are very positive signs that led to this call-up.”
“I don’t discourage anyone. As for Immobile, we consider him a very important player who we always follow with full attention, like everyone else. We go to watch the games, the training sessions, even if he hasn’t been in Lazio yet. At this moment It seemed to me that the other three I called up were in better condition, although he did well in the Champions League, he scored a great goal and I even congratulated him when he spoke to us. Then we have to go win the games we are going to play, call to the best taking into account many things. I work fully when I make certain decisions. This is what Luciano Spalletti did at the press conference prior to the double qualifying match for Euro 2024.
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