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‘Italy are an excellent team’ – Shaqiri praises spectacular Italy

Tue 15 June 2021 | 20:28

Xherdan Shaqiri praises Italy and is happy to see Roberto Mancini when Switzerland face Italy in Euro 2020.


will play their second Euro 2020 game against


at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome on Wednesday.

“I can’t wait to play this game and I also can’t wait to see Roberto tomorrow,”



in his press conference


“He’s a great man and I am happy for him that things are going so well. Italy are an excellent team, among the favorites to win the competition. We saw the way Italy played in the first game against Turkey and Mancini proved he’s a great coach.”

The Azzurri started their Euro 2020 campaign with a convincing 3-0 victory against


, on the other hand, Switzerland were held to a 1-1 draw by Wales.

“We did create some good chances against Wales and had the opportunities to win, but it wasn’t perfect and we can improve. We need to be more clinical in the final third.

“It’s going to be a very different game, as Italy will come out and attack us. This is no longer the Italy that traditionally used to focus on defense, as the current side is spectacular, playing a very attacking style and enjoying their football.

“They have also kept nine consecutive clean sheets and that shows how strong they are, to score so many goals and concede so few.

“It’s a very balanced team, able to attack and defend. They might not have the big stars of the past, like Andrea Pirlo, but they play well together and Mancini has done a great job.”

Shaqiri was asked about his situation both at the international and club level.

“I would prefer not to talk about it at the moment, but I am still under contract with Liverpool. I will talk to my agent afterwards, evaluate the situation and make a decision.

“I’ve been playing in the Swiss national team for 11 years and have been in the same role since the first day. I might be older now, but my style has not changed. I try to help the team with assists and goals.”

source: SportMob