The central Juventus and the national team highlighted the dangers of the English forward, in particular Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane
Leonardo Bonucci, one of the leaders of the Italian team, assured this Friday that playing the final of the European Championship at England’s home, at Wembley, is not “scared” and that the “azzurro” group is determined to do something “historic”.
“The possible victory on Sunday would be important for the Italian football movement, for all the players, for the Federation, for all that it would mean after some difficult years”, he claimed Bonucci in a telematic press conference organized from the Coverciano technical center (Florence, center).
The Italian Federation (FIGC) decided close the technical center after a case of contagion was registered this Thursday in a worker of the public television “Rai”, although there was no contact with the team.
“We only think about playing football and enjoying“, He said Bonucci commenting on the controversies over the penalty awarded to England in the semifinals against Denmark, which he described as “unimportant statements”.
“In football we will see the best show, by Italy, England and referees. Playing at England’s home is not scary,” he said.
He highlighted the dangers of the English forward, particularly from Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane.
“It will be a duel of young people against old people”he joked Bonucci, who is 34 years old and forms the Italian defense together with Giorgio Chiellini, 36. Sterling is 26 and Kane is 27.
“They have very strong forwards, we will need a lot of care in defense on the part of the whole team. We know that they can create danger for us and we will have to be careful with their speed,” he said.
He also dedicated a few words of support to Spanish Alvaro Morata, his teammate and friend at Juventus, who missed the penalty last Tuesday and allowed Italy to qualify for the final.
“I was sorry for not seeing him as the starter, in these games it gives you pleasure to see the people you love on the field. But Luis Enrique’s decision was important and put us in trouble. Then Morata did what he had to do, score ( scored the 1-1 that forced the extension), “he said.
“He always showed personality and strength to overcome these things,” he added.