The Italy international was named captain in his country’s thumping 7-0 victory over San Marino and he revealed that he has ‘more freedom’ with the Italy national team. ‘I enjoy my football here’.
netted the opener in Italy’s first friendly before the Euro 2020 in the summer, as they had to be patient for 30 minutes for the goal against San Marino.
The Juventus winger has been having a hard time at his club recently; however, he showed appreciation to the Italy CT after the clash and admitted that the ex-Inter manager always ‘aims to play me in a role that suits my characteristics’.
I thank the coach, because he always showed faith in me, and I tried to repay him for that. He always aims to play me in a role that suits my characteristics and that means I enjoy my football here. When you enjoy your football, that’s when the quality is allowed to emerge,”
“This is a fundamental aspect for me. It’s absolutely true that I feel more freedom here, because I am allowed to take risks here. It’s very simple.
“The quality level in the Italy squad is very high and when you have this many talents, it’s not easy for the coach. I think the coach is happy to have choices to make, and over the last two years he’s created a wonderful group that makes us feel at home. Regardless of who makes it to the Euros, this remains an excellent group and we will maintain that going forward.”
The 27-year-old is very pleased to hear that Massimiliano Allegri is coming back to the Bianconeri before the next campaign starts.
“I am very happy, very happy indeed that he is back. I hope to see myself working with the coach again, as it’s what I really want. He’s always treated the players really well and brought the results home.”