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Verratti ‘wasn’t even sure’ if he ‘could participate in the Euros’

Sun 20 June 2021 | 20:33

Italy midfielder Marco Verratti admits he was unsure whether he can play in Euro 2020, so he is happy to have made his debut in his side’s 1-0 victory over Wales.

Italy completed their Euro 2020 perfect run with a 1-0 win over ten-men Wales at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday evening.

In the 38th minute of the final Group A fixtures between

Italy

and

Wales

, the Azzurri took the lead after

Marco Verratti

delivered a cross into the box and

Matteo Pessina

guided it into the back of the net.

“It was tough, as at the start I wasn’t even sure if I could participate in the Euros. I thank the medical staff and the coach who waited for me. It was a special day and I’m very happy,” the

PSG midfielder told RAI Sport.

The

Paris Saint-Germain

midfielder was a major doubt after picking up a knee injury last month and was even on the sidelines in Italy’s first two victories against

Turkey

and

Switzerland

.

“When we say it’s a Nazionale for everyone, we’re not just saying that. Everyone belongs here, we are 26 and all of us proud to represent our country. We are so fortunate and honored to play for this team and, unlike at club level, it’s a pure pleasure just to be here, whether we play or not,”

continued Verratti

.

“We have to take it one game at a time and see where we end up. There are no easy matches, despite what some might think, but if we keep giving our heart and soul like this with our quality too, then we can have our say. If we step back on any of those elements, we’ll struggle.

“It has been such a difficult year without any fans, so it was wonderful to be here with our supporters in Rome.”


source: SportMob