Chiellini confident of ‘transformed’ Italy despite 2018 heartbreak

Date published: Friday 11th June 2021 12:25 - Joshua Hall

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Giorgio Chiellini has spoken out on Italy’s disappointment of missing out on the 2018 World Cup in Russia as they try to make amends at Euro 2020.

The Italy captain has said his team have ‘transformed’ from three years ago and they are ready to compete at this summer’s tournament.

The Italians face Turkey in the opening match of the Euros tonight and play all three of their group stage games at home in Rome.

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Goal have reported that Chiellini spoke in the press conference ahead of Italy’s clash with Turkey about how the squad and country have turned the disappointment of missing out on Russia into ‘desire and enthusiasm’.

He said: “Sweden in Milan has remained and we will not be able to cancel it, but we have transformed that disappointment into desire and enthusiasm, it is a feeling that the fans also have.

“We are galvanised for the start of the European Championships, we can’t wait to take to the pitch and experience this emotion all together.

“It will be the opening match and it will be even stranger, there are more unknowns and difficulties both for us and for Turkey. It will be an evening full of emotions, we will live it with the light-heartedness of a group that has a sense of responsibility and a pinch of madness, which in events like this is essential to do something great.”

The Azzuri will also face Switzerland and home nation Wales during their time in Group A.

Italian manager Roberto Mancini is very confident as his squad are one of the favourites to go all the way in the competition this summer.

The former Man City boss has spoken about Italy’s attitude going into the first game.

He said during his press conference: “I think that after all that has happened, the time has come to go back to giving people satisfaction, to entertain them. The first game is always the most difficult, we must be free mentally without thinking about anything else.

“There is always a bit of pressure the first time. We will have to play our football while trying to have fun and respecting the qualities of Turkey.

“Three years ago I was confident, I am even more confident today. We have been working together for a long time and have fun, we would like to continue to do so.”

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