Italy could not have asked for a better start. 5 years after its last match in a major competition, Squadra Azzurra launched its Euro 2020 perfectly by winning widely and logically 3-0 against Turkey. First in lack of efficiency, Roberto Mancini’s players were able to make the difference in the second half, outclassing their opponents by dint of opportunities and encouragement. We could hear songs to the glory of Immobile and even a big firecracker resounding throughout the stadium.
“We had a good game, even in the first half without being able to score. It wasn’t easy, we were at the start, it’s a great team ”, began the coach after the meeting who did not forget to underline an important element. The presence of the public. “There was a lot of help from the fans, the team played really well.” 16,000 spectators were in fact present this evening in Rome to attend this first match of the competition.
Mancini: “I hope there are many others like that”
An atmosphere that changes absolutely everything according to the actors of the meeting, like Bonucci. “There was bound to be emotion, the one that gives you tension and thrill. This is the first game of the adventure. Let us be humble and keep our feet on the ground, there is still a long way to go. The tifosi? It’s another sport with them. Let’s erase what we did tonight, and it’s time for the second game “, warns the Turinese.
A second meeting on June 16 against Switzerland, then four days later against Wales, each time in Rome, which does not displease Mancini. “I think it’s a satisfaction for all of us, for the public and for all Italians. It was a beautiful evening, I hope there are many more like that ”, smiles the coach, who does not want to get too carried away for the future either. “First step towards Wembley?” It’s still a long time, there are still six matches left … “