Italy’s Marco Verratti praises England and predicts Euro 2020 final at Wembley will be ‘an epic’

Italy’s Marco Verratti praises England and predicts Euro 2020 final at Wembley will be ‘an epic’

Italy midfielder Marco Verratti has said Sunday’s Euro 2020 final against England at Wembley will be “an epic”.

Verratti felt England deserved to beat Denmark in Wednesday’s semi-final, even though Raheem Sterling’s shot on goal was “a bit of a generous penalty”.

England received an extra-time penalty in Wednesday’s Wembley clash after Joakim Maehle was on trial for fouling Sterling.

Harry Kane then saw his 12-yard effort parried by Kasper Schmeichel before grabbing the rebound for what turned out to be the winner as Gareth Southgate’s men triumphed 2-1 to stage Sunday’s final against the Italians at the same place.


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Asked about the penalty incident at a press conference on Thursday, Verratti said: “It might have been a bit of a generous penalty, but it’s part of the picture in football. I think it was a bit of a generous penalty.

“I think England did a great job. They made it to the final for the first time and that says a lot.

“They only conceded one goal, so it’s a very solid team, great players, very balanced, and I think they deserved to go to the final. Now it all comes down to the finale, which I think will be an epic finale, and history anyway.

“England are a very physical team, and they have players who are also very qualified. We will face a very, very tough team, they will play at home, they know the stadium well. But it’s a dream for us to win this European Championship.


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“The supporters will surely be taken care of in one way or another, but we are all professional players, we know what it’s like to play in stadiums full of fans, and in one way or another. another, it will also motivate us. playing in a crowded stadium.

“I think Italy-England is still a huge game. There will only be one winner and I hope it will be us. We will do our best. “

“Special Mancini has done a tremendous job for Italy”

Roberto Mancini is “the perfect man” to be the boss of Italy, according to Verratti

Italy is led by former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini, who took charge of the Azzurri in 2018 and then oversaw a 33-game unbeaten streak.

Verratti said: “I think Mancini did a huge job.

“He’s done really well everywhere he’s coached. He’s been criticized, of course, but again, that’s part of the picture. If you don’t win you will end up being criticized, this goes for everyone, it is absolutely normal in football Results are everything, and when you don’t win it is easier to criticize the manager than the whole ‘team.

“He did a great job with us, everyone can see it. He is a very special manager for us, he strengthened our confidence when we lost it because of the negative results of the past. I think he was the perfect man for the job.

“He restarted our enthusiasm, with his style, we really had fun. We haven’t lost in 33 matches – those are important stats, and that tells you he’s doing a great job. Sometimes we can say that managers are not that important, but for us it is really an added value. “


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