“Is Gianluigi Donnarumma the strongest goalkeeper in Europe?” The Gazzetta dello Sport This Saturday morning, the day after Italy’s qualification in the Euro semi-finals, after having logically beaten Belgium 2-1. If the midfielder shone with the domination of the Jorginho-Barella-Verratti trio, and the defense by the solidity of the Chiellini-Bonucci pair, the Squadra goalkeeper also released the saves he needed to keep his own at flow. So inevitably, the transalpine press gets carried away a little.
The one who is expected to sign for PSG in the coming days made a great performance, performing a magnificent parade on the strike of De Bruyne (23rd), then stopping the attempt of Lukaku (26th), while the score was still blank . A performance in line with his Euro, where he conceded only two goals in five games, one in overtime against Austria, and the other on a penalty from Lukaku. However, UEFA ranks him in 20th place among the players in his post since he has only made 6 saves since the start of the competition, against 21 for Yann Sommer, the leader.
“Without doubt the most important stop of my career” opposite De Bruyne
Little used but very effective when presented in front of him. The Italian media were outright about“Achievement worth a goal” on the horizontal exit facing De Bruyne. “It is undoubtedly the most important stop of my career, even reports the person at a press conference. It was a good intervention. I always try to do my best and help the team even when I’m not busy, command the defense and try to make them feel like I’m there. It’s important for defenders to know I’m there at all times. ”
For his first participation in a major international competition, the 22-year-old goalkeeper exudes quiet strength. In the money-time, he showed a big character and even vice, not hesitating to save time in a few situations or going to look for a last hot ball in the air. “The match never ended … We are an extraordinary group, this group does not give up. Now it’s the semi-final. Let’s go play it and slowly move towards our goal. I always try to help the team and give my best. I am really moved. This is my first important competition and the goal is to go as far as possible with this jersey. Let’s move forward and hope to make everyone’s dream come true ”, he ambitions.
Italy and PSG rub their hands
Porter of the Nazionale between 1985 and 1992, Walter Zenga abounds at the microphone of Sky Italia. “He’s a calm leader. The pressure slips on him. He shows it during these European Championships. There is no need for a goalkeeper who makes 18 saves, one at a decisive moment is enough ”, specifies the goalkeeper of the selection at the 1990 World Cup, impressed by his successor on De Bruyne in particular. “In this save, there is a perfect technique, the position of the legs, the support towards the ball, the arm stretched above the ball. It’s a perfect technical composition. ”
Italy is rubbing their hands, because they will need again a great Gigio Donnarumma to leave Spain and reach the final of this Euro 2020. PSG is not left out. Even if the Italian international (31 caps) refused to comment on his future transfer – “I will talk about it after but not now” – he knows that with such performances, he will sow even more doubt in the head of Mauricio Pochettino in his fight for the number one place with Keylor Navas. It’s a rich man’s problem, but a problem nonetheless.