June 28, 2022

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Football Donnarumma: “Let’s start over as youth to return Italy to where it deserves”

Returning from celebrations of success in the Conference League, five players from Roma who participated in Tirana on Wednesday joined the group today in light of the ‘final’ on 1 June with Argentina and the first four matches of the third edition of the Nations League. . Thus the national team can fully prepare for the match against the winners of the last America’s Cup, the first stage of the real “Tour of Strength” that awaits the Azzurri in the first two weeks of June.

A year ago these days Italy was about to start its triumphant tour at Euro 2020 e Gianluigi DonnarummaHe, like his comrades, could not have imagined a nicer ending. Eleven months later, the blue goalkeeper will return to Wembley, in that magical stadium where he has become a kind of national hero, dodging penalties for Sancho and Saka. “We must not forget what we did in the European Championship – he announced at the press conference – it’s a great group and we achieved an amazing result.”

Unfortunately, after the European Championship, there was also disappointment due to the lack of qualification for the World Championship. And among the very few PSG substitutes and some fouls, there was no shortage of criticism from the blue goalkeeper: “It hasn’t been an easy year, but I’m still always working at my best. The disappointment of the World Cup is still there and we have to win on Wednesday. We have to start over right away, play well and get great results.” He, who made his debut in Serie A at 16 years and 8 months and in the national team at just 17 and a half years old, is proving that investing in youth He makes: “For the national team, we have to start over and do it with the youth. With me there are many players we bet on: Bastoni, Raspadori and Scamaca. We young people must return Italy to where it deserves”.

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After congratulating his former AC Milan teammates on the Serie A title (“I’m happy for what they did, but there’s no regrets about not staying”), he recalled his agent Raiola (“I had a great relationship, he always wanted to do something important for the players”) and praised his His “teammate” Courtois for his impressive performance in the Champions League final (“He played a great match, kept Real Madrid until the end”), Donnarumma has words of thanks to Chiellini, who will bid farewell to the national team on Wednesday: “Giorgio will miss everything, both on and off the field, he has He was a reference point for Italian and world football, especially for us young people. He gave us a great hand.”

Wednesday in London, he will also meet two club-mates such as Messi and Di Maria as rivals for what will be a challenging challenge between the champions: “When we parted ways in Paris in the last game we said a few small things. Argentina are a great team, we need to prepare for this match in the best way possible. “.