Lorenzo Insigne: “We’ve been studying Greece over the past few days and it won’t be an easy game.”

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The Italian National team continues their preparations for the UEFA EURO 2020 Qualifier against Greece and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Tickets to sports events worldwideThe Italian Team had a press conference at Coverciano on Wednesday 5 June 2019 following the morning training session.   Napoli forward Lorenzo Insigne is optimistic with the team to do a good job to qualify.  The bad news is that Juventus defender Leonardo Spinazzola had to leave today Coverciano due to injury.

As reported by the Italian Football Federation (FIG), Lorenzo Insigne said,  “We’re building a strong group with the aim of qualifying for the next European Championship at all costs. We’re Italy and we deserve to be taking part.”   Insigne received his first call-up from firner Head Coach Cesare Prandelli back in 2012.

After celebrating his 28th birthday on Tuesday, Insigne issued a rallying cry just a few days prior to the team’s upcoming qualifiers against Greece and Bosnia and Herzegovina: “We’ve been studying Greece over the past few days and it won’t be an easy game. We must start strong and look to make the most of our qualities in between the lines right from the off. I have a great desire to increase my goalscoring tally for the National Team, up until now I’ve only scored four. Obviously, considering my age and skills, it’s now the time to give even more, both for Italy and my club.”

Insigne also declared on his experience in this Serie season,  “Enjoying a great season and not winning anything is always tough. As a Neapolitan and as a captain, there’s a lot of pressure and a lot is expected of me. Sarri to Juve? It’s disappointing to hear these rumours because he did a lot for us players and the Napoli fans. He was always on our side but as he said, he’s a professional. I hope that he changes his mind in the end.”

Italy Group J Standing after two games:   Italy is top of Group J on full points after beating Finland 2-0 and Liechtenstein 6-0. Greece and Bosnia Herzegovina both have four points, Finland while Armenia and Liechtenstein have no points.

  • THE UEFA EURO QUALIFIERS – Here is the situation as reported by UEFA. Qualifying for UEFA EURO 2020 will have 24 finalists. The 55 teams were split into ten groups of five or six. Four of the five groups of five contain one team that has qualified for the UEFA Nations League finals (to be played June 2019). The top two from each group will qualify for the final tournament, determining the first 20 places.

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Italy Squad List for the UEFA European Qualifiers games

Goalkeepers: Alessio Cragno (Cagliari), Pierluigi Gollini (Atalanta); Salvatore Sirigu (Torino), Antonio Mirante (Roma);

Defenders: Francesco Acerbi (Lazio), Cristiano Biraghi (Fiorentina), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Mattia De Sciglio (Juventus), Emerson Palmieri (Chelsea), Alessandro Florenzi (Roma), Armando Izzo (Torino), Gianluca Mancini (Atalanta), Alessio Romagnoli (Milan), Leonardo Spinazzola (Juventus);

Midfielders: Nicolò Barella (Cagliari), Federico Bernardeschi (Juventus), Bryan Cristante (Roma), Frello Filho Jorge Luiz Jorginho (Chelsea), Lorenzo Pellegrini (Roma), Stefano Sensi (Sassuolo), Marco Verratti (Paris Saint Germain), Nicolò Zaniolo (Roma);

Forwards: Andrea Belotti (Torino), Federico Chiesa (Fiorentina), Stephan El Shaarawy (Roma), Vincenzo Grifo (Friburgo), Ciro Immobile (Lazio), Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli), Moise Kean (Juventus), Leonardo Pavoletti (Cagliari), Matteo Politano (Inter), Fabio Quagliarella (Sampdoria).

Staff – Head Coach: Roberto Mancini; National Team Coordintaor: Gabriele Oriali; Assistant Coaches: Alberico Evani, Attilio Lombardo, Giulio Nuciari, Fausto Salsano; Fitness coaches: Claudio Donatelli and Andrea Scanavino; Goalkeeping coach: Massimo Battara; Match Analyst: Antonio Gagliardi; Doctors: Andrea Ferretti and Carmine Costabile; Physiotherapist: Maurizio Fagorzi, Emanuele Randelli, Fabrizio Scalzi, Luca Lascialfari, Fabio Sannino; Hosteopath: Walter Marinelli; Nutritionist: Matteo Pincella.

Mancini calls up 33 players for Greece and Bosnia and Herzegovina qualifiers

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Italy Squad schedule and media commitments

Wednesday 5 June 2019

10:00 Training (closed door)

13:30 Press conference (players)

18:30 Training (first 15 minutes open to accredited press)

Thursday 6 June 2019

10:00 Training (closed door)

13:30 Press conference (players)

18:30 Training (closed door)

Friday 7 June 2019

09:00 Transfer to Florence airport

10:00 Flight from Florence to Athens

13:00 l.t.* Arrival and transfer to hotel

17:30 l.t. Press conference MD-1 c/o ‘OACA Spyros Louis Stadium’

18:00 l.t. Training MD-1 c/o ‘OACA Spyros Louis Stadium’ (first 15 minutes open to accredited press)

Saturday 8 June 2019

21:45 l.t. MD3 Greece–Italy – ’Spyros Louis Stadium’

Sunday 9 June 2019

11:00 l.t. Training (closed door)

15:45 l.t. Airport transfer

17:00 l.t. Flight from Athens to Turin

19:00 Arrival and transfer to the hotel

Monday 10 June 2019

17:30 Press conference MD-1 c/o “Juventus Stadium”

18:00 Training MD-1 c/o “Juventus Stadium” (first 15 minutes open to accredited press)

Tuesday 11 June 2019

20:45 MD4 Italy–Bosnia Herzegovina – “Juventus Stadium”