Category Archives: Italy Under 21 Team

Adjapong’s excitement in Yerevan: “We’re a great group, a win against Armenia would be massive”

The National U21s returned to training this afternoon in Yerevan ahead of Monday night’s encounter with hosts Armenia, which kicks off at 18:30 CEST. Held to a goalless draw against Ireland, the Azzurrini will be on the hunt for their second win in qualifying after they opened their campaign with a 5-0 win over Luxembourg. They will find themselves up against a side galvanised by their first success in the group yesterday against Luxembourg, with a 2-0 win thanks to second-half goals from Mkrtchyan and Daniielian. Italy will be without Tonali after he was called up to the senior side and the suspended Kean, while Paolo Nicolato has called up Pescara defender Davide Bettella after losing Marchizza to injury.

Claud Adjapong spoke from the training camp in Yerevan, with the defender on loan to Hellas Verona having put in a good performance after replacing the injured Marchizza in Dublin: “I was thrown on without even having warmed up because Riccardo’s injury was so sudden. It was a complicated game, we’re not happy with the draw, but all in all we’ll take the point from a match like that. We knew that Ireland were a tough team who have been working together for a long time, while we’re just at the beginning. We encountered some difficulties, but it’s normal because we haven’t been playing together for long. We’ve looked at where we went wrong and we know where we can improve, we’ll definitely try to put what we’ve been working on into practice on Monday.”

Having been sent out on loan from Sassuolo to Verona this summer, the defender will hope that his performances for the Under-21s can help him to get more minutes for his club side: “In this sense the Under-21s can help me to prove my quality, I have to give my all here to earn a spot in Verona’s side. We’re forming a great group here in the National Team, we’re starting to get to know each other, to understand each other both as players and as people: I’m sure that the results will come.” Monday will bring an opportunity to move closer to Ireland who sit top of the table on ten points, having played two games more than the Azzurrini: “We know that Ireland are ahead of us, even if we do have games in hand. Bringing home the three points would allow us to move up to seven points which would be a big step. We had already secured qualification for the European Championship finals at this point two years ago, this year we know that every game is vital and we have to give our all in every single match.”

Squad list

Goalkeepers: Marco Carnesecchi (Trapani), Mattia Del Favero (Piacenza), Alessandro Plizzari (Livorno);
Defenders: Claud Adjapong (Verona), Alessandro Bastoni (Inter), Raoul Bellanova (Bordeaux), Enrico Delprato (Livorno), Matteo Gabbia (Milan), Luca Pellegrini (Cagliari), Luca Ranieri (Fiorentina), Marco Sala (Virtus Entella);
Midfielders: Marco Carraro (Perugia), Davide Frattesi (Empoli), Manuel Locatelli (Sassuolo), Giulio Maggiore (Spezia), Fabio Maistro (Salernitana), Niccolò Zanellato (Crotone);
Forwards: Patrick Cutrone (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Andrea Pinamonti (Genoa), Gianluca Scamacca (Ascoli), Riccardo Sottil (Fiorentina).

Staff – Head Coach: Paolo Nicolato; Delegation Head: Massimo Paganin; Accompanying Director: Vincenzo Marinelli; Youth Co-ordinator: Maurizio Viscidi; Assistant Coach: Mirco Gasparetto; Secretary: Manfredi Martino; Fitness Coach: Vincenzo Pincolini; Goalkeeping Coach: Gian Matteo Mareggini; Match analyst: Francesco Bordin; Doctors: Angelo De Carli and Vincenzo Santoriello; Physiologist: Cristian Osgnach; Physiotherapists: Emiliano Bozzetti and Nicola Sanna; Osteopath: Cristiano Pompili.

Schedule
Saturday 12 October 2019
13:15 – Press conference with one player at the RADISSON BLUE YEREVAN
18:00 – Training (open to the press for the first 15 minutes)

Sunday 13 October 2019
13:30 – Press conference with Head Coach Nicolato at the RADISSON BLUE YEREVAN
20:30 – Official training at FFA Academy Stadium (open to the press for the first 15 minutes)

Monday 14 October 2019
09:00 – Exclusive RAI TV interview with Head Coach Nicolato
11:00 – Training (closed)
20:30 – FFA Academy Stadium in Yerevan: ARMENIA VS. ITALY
followed by a post-match press conference, dinner and return to Italy on a chartered flight and end of the national meet

Source:  figc.it

Italy Under 21– European qualifiers, Italy draw away at leaders Ireland

A physical match with few chances and red cards for Kean and Parrott. Nicolato: “We’re a work in progress”

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Nazionale Under 21-- European qualifiers, Italy draw away at leaders Ireland

On a chilly night in Dublin, Italy left with a 0-0 draw that perhaps suits Ireland better as they remain top of the group with ten points after four games. It was a tough and hard-fought match as was to be expected. The game was also shaped by the injury of Marchizza who had to go off after 22 minutes and Moise Kean’s red card as Paolo Nicolato stated after the whistle. “The Marchizza injury hurt us, then there was the Kean red card. It’s our fault if we respond to provocation, you can’t fall for it.”

The Under-21 National Team lined up in the usual 4-3-3 formation with Tonali and Pellegrini back following their spells with the senior side. In goal, the Coach opted for Carnesecchi ahead of Plizzari and Frattesi was selected to play out wide ahead of Kean. The full starting XI was: Carnesecchi; Del Prato, Bastoni, Marchizza, Pellegrini; Locatelli, Tonali, Carraro; Frattesi, Pinaamonti, Scamacca.

Coming into the game following a big 5-0 win over Luxembourg, the young Italy side were up against a stronger side in both technical and physical terms. Nicolato asked for determination from his side before they come up against a strong opponent. The Azzurrini started on the 16th minute and went very close in the 16th minute through a Pinamonti effort that went just the wrong side of the post. As time went on, the physicality of the home side took its toll as they raised the tempo and put Nicolato’s side in trouble with Marchizza having to go off and he was replaced in the 23rd minute. In the 23rd minute, Ronan forced Carnesecchi into a save with a shot from outside the box that he was ready for.

There were few chances of real note. In the 32nd minute, Frattesi got a shot away after the ball rebounded to him but the put it over.

In the second half, there were two changes as Cutrone and Kean came on for Pinamonti and Scamaccca. The Azzurrini looked to get up the pitch and cause problems for the Irish. They went close in the 56th minute as Adjapng hit a right-foot effort from outside the box that was saved at the cost of a corner. In the 57th minute, both sides were reduced to ten minutes after Kean and Parrott were sent off after shoving one another after the whistle had gone.

Nicolato looked to patch things up and brought Sottil on for Carraro to bring solidity to a side that was defending well but struggling to strike at the other end. In the 81st minute, the hosts went close in the 81st minute when Carnesecchi made an instinctive save from a Molumby free kick.

Italy were pegged back and struggling to get up the pitch while Ireland had the momentum but the final whistle went. Nicolato was calm if not satisfied after. “We were up against a good opponent who were better than us physically. Ours is a work in progress, we put in a brave performance though and showed desire. Now, I hope to see a different match in Armenia.”

Sandro Tonali will not travel to Yerevan as he joins the senior side.

Source:   figc.it

 

Italy U-21 European Qualifiers. Nicolato: “I expect a complicated match against Ireland”

Italy have arrived in Dublin, where they’ll face the Irish on Thursday

Monday, October 7, 2019

European Qualifiers. Nicolato: “I expect a complicated match against Ireland”

The Under-21 National Team have arrived in Dublin, where on Thursday at 21:05 CEST they’ll face hosts Ireland in their second European Championship qualifying match. It’s the Azzurrini’s first away match in their group and they’ll be coming up against the current Group 1 leaders: the Irish sit on full points thanks to wins against Luxembourg, Armenia and Sweden.

For the matches against Ireland and Armenia, there’s a new face in the squad – that of Salernitana midfielder Fabio Maistro. Meanwhile, Cagliari defender Luca Pellegrini and Brescia midfielder Sandro Tonali are back in the squad after being called up to the senior squad for the games played in September. However, Roberto Mancini announced that Tonali will ‘return’ to the senior side after the Under-21s’ trip to Dublin with Stefano Sensi out injured.

“I expect it to be a complicated match against a side doing very well,” warned Head Coach Paolo Nicolato. They have high-quality players who are making a good impression in the Premier League too. It’s a great test to see where we’re at after just starting out. Meanwhile, they’ve been working together for six months. Ireland’s Under-19 side did well at the last European Championship (reaching the semi-finals), while this year their senior side and Under-21s are also performing excellently. They play a modern style of football, football which is played on the ground and involves interplay between high-quality players.”

Irrespective of the opposition, Italy will try to impose their own game on the match (“this needs to be an obligation for us”) with the aim of providing service to Cutrone and Kean or other promising talents like Pinamonti, Sottil and Scamacca. “If there’s one thing I’m not worried about it’s our attacking options,” said Nicolato. “This team have many quality players. Of course, not everyone can play at the same time and someone will have to be sacrificed, but I know whoever I send out onto the pitch will make a contribution to the team.”

The primary objective however, remains to develop players for the National Team. “I hope that many will make the step up because that would mean that we have done a good job. We are one big family and our name is Italy.” The important thing is that the youngsters get opportunities in the league. “It’s clear that it’s more tiring for those who have fewer minutes under their belt. The fact that our boys have had a good amount of minutes so far gives us a bigger chance of winning something.”

Squad list

Goalkeepers: Marco Carnesecchi (Trapani), Mattia Del Favero (Piacenza), Alessandro Plizzari (Livorno);
Defenders: Claud Adjapong (Verona), Alessandro Bastoni (Inter), Enrico Delprato (Livorno), Matteo Gabbia (Milan), Riccardo Marchizza (Spezia), Luca Pellegrini (Cagliari), Luca Ranieri (Fiorentina), Marco Sala (Virtus Entella);
Midfielders: Marco Carraro (Perugia), Davide Frattesi (Empoli), Manuel Locatelli (Sassuolo), Giulio Maggiore (Spezia), Fabio Maistro (Salernitana), Sandro Tonali (Brescia), Niccolò Zanellato (Crotone);
Forwards: Patrick Cutrone (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Moise Kean (Everton), Andrea Pinamonti (Genoa), Gianluca Scamacca (Ascoli), Riccardo Sottil (Fiorentina).

Staff – Head Coach: Paolo Nicolato; Delegation Head: Massimo Paganin; Accompanying Director: Vincenzo Marinelli; Youth Co-ordinator: Maurizio Viscidi; Assistant Coach: Mirco Gasparetto; Secretary: Manfredi Martino; Fitness Coach: Vincenzo Pincolini; Goalkeeping Coach: Gian Matteo Mareggini; Match analyst: Francesco Bordin; Doctors: Angelo De Carli and Vincenzo Santoriello; Physiologist: Cristian Osgnach; Physiotherapists: Emiliano Bozzetti and Nicola Sanna; Osteopath: Cristiano Pompili.

Schedule

Sunday 6 October 2019
By 23:00 – Meeting at the Grand Hotel in Milan Malpensa

Monday 7 October 2019
11:00 – Flight EI 435 Milan Malpensa – Dublin
all time zones below: -1h compared to CEST
13:00 – Arrival in Dublin and transfer to KINSWOOD HOTEL CITY WEST 4* – Dublin
16:00 – Head Coach Nicolato’s press conference at KINSWOOD HOTEL CITY WEST 4*
18:00 training

Tuesday 8 October 2019
13:15 – Press conference with one player at the KINSWOOD HOTEL CITY WEST 4*
18:00 – Training (open to the press for the first 15 minutes)

Wednesday 9 October 2019
13:30 – Head Coach Nicolato’s press conference at KINSWOOD HOTEL CITY WEST 4*
20:00 – Official training at the Tallaght Stadium (open to the press for the first 15 minutes)

Thursday 10 October 2019
09:30 –Exclusive RAI TV interview with Head Coach Nicolato
11:00 – Training (closed)
20:05 – Tallaght Stadium in Dublin: REPUBLIC OF IRELAND VS. ITALY
followed by a post-match press conference

Friday 11 October 2019
10:00 – Chartered flight Dublin – Yerevan
time zone: +2 h. compared to CEST
18:25 – Arrival in Yerevan and transfer to RADISSON BLUE YEREVAN – Yerevan

Saturday 12 October 2019
13:15 – Press conference with one player at the RADISSON BLUE YEREVAN
18:00 – Training (open to the press for the first 15 minutes)

Sunday 13 October 2019
13:30 – Press conference with Head Coach Nicolato at the RADISSON BLUE YEREVAN
20:30 – Official training at FFA Academy Stadium (open to the press for the first 15 minutes)

Monday 14 October 2019
09:00 – Exclusive RAI TV interview with Head Coach Nicolato
11:00 – Training (closed)
20:30 – FFA Academy Stadium in Yerevan: ARMENIA VS. ITALY
followed by a post-match press conference, dinner and return to Italy on a chartered flight and end of the national meet

Source: figc.it

 

Italy Under-21: Cutrone, “Putting on this shirt always fills me with pride”

The Wolverhampton striker: “The match against the Republic of Ireland will be a big test for us.” The team’s final training session tomorrow at the “Tallaght Stadium”

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

The Azzurrini in Dublin. Cutrone on being back: “Putting on this shirt always fills me with pride”

Italy UNDER 21– 23 called up for qualifiers against Ireland and Armenia

Salernitana’s Fabio Maistro receives first call-up.

Friday, October 4, 2019

UNDER 21-- 23 called up for qualifiers against Ireland and Armenia

The Under-21 National Team are returning to European Qualification action with matches on the road against the Republic of Ireland (10 October) and Armenia (14 October).

Paolo Nicolato has named 23 players in his squad that will gather on Sunday in Milan before travelling to Dublin the following day. Salernitana’s Fabio Maistro has received his first call-up while Cagliari’s Luca Pellegrini and Brescia’s Sandro Tonali return to the Under-21 set-up after time with the senior side.

Squad

Goalkeepers: Marco Carnesecchi (Trapani), Mattia Del Favero (Piacenza), Alessandro Plizzari (Livorno);

Defenders: Claud Adjapong (Verona), Alessandro Bastoni (Inter), Enrico Delprato (Livorno), Matteo Gabbia (Milan), Riccardo Marchizza (Spezia), Luca Pellegrini (Cagliari), Luca Ranieri (Fiorentina), Marco Sala (Virtus Entella);

Midfielders: Marco Carraro (Perugia), Davide Frattesi (Empoli), Manuel Locatelli (Sassuolo), Giulio Maggiore (Spezia), Fabio Maistro (Salernitana), Sandro Tonali (Brescia), Niccolò Zanellato (Crotone);

Forwards: Patrick Cutrone (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Moise Kean (Everton), Andrea Pinamonti (Genoa), Gianluca Scamacca (Ascoli), Riccardo Sottil (Fiorentina).

Staff – b: Paolo Nicolato; Delegation Head: Massimo Paganin; Accompanying Director: Vincenzo Marinelli; Youth Co-ordinator: Maurizio Viscidi; Assistant Coach: Mirco Gasparetto; Secretary: Manfredi Martino; Fitness Coach: Vincenzo Pincolini; Goalkeeping Coach: Gian Matteo Mareggini; Match analyst: Francesco Bordin; Doctors: Angelo De Carli and Vincenzo Santoriello; Physiologist: Cristian Osgnach; Physiotherapists: Emiliano Bozzetti and Nicola Sanna; Osteopath: Cristiano Pompili.

Schedule

Sunday 6 October 2019
By 23:00 – Meeting at the Grand Hotel in Milan Malpensa

Monday 7 October 2019
11:00 – Flight EI 435 Milan Malpensa – Dublin
all time zones below: -1h compared to CEST
13:00 – Arrival in Dublin and transfer to KINSWOOD HOTEL CITY WEST 4* – Dublin
16:00 – Head Coach Nicolato’s press conference at KINSWOOD HOTEL CITY WEST 4*
18:00 training

Tuesday 8 October 2019
13:15 – Press conference with one player at the KINSWOOD HOTEL CITY WEST 4*
18:00 – Training (open to the press for the first 15 minutes)

Wednesday 9 October 2019
13:30 – Coach Nicolato’s press conference at KINSWOOD HOTEL CITY WEST 4*
20:00 – Official training at the Tallaght Stadium (open to the press for the first 15 minutes)

Thursday 10 October 2019
09:30 –Exclusive RAI TV interview with Coach Nicolato
11:00 – Training (closed)
20:05 – Tallaght Stadium in Dublin: REPUBLIC OF IRELAND VS. ITALY
followed by a post-match press conference

Friday 11 October 2019
10:00 – Chartered flight Dublin – Yerevan
time zone: +2 h. compared to CEST
18:25 – Arrival in Yerevan and transfer to RADISSON BLUE YEREVAN – Yerevan

Saturday 12 October 2019
13:15 – Press conference with one player at the RADISSON BLUE YEREVAN
18:00 – Training (open to the press for the first 15 minutes)

Sunday 13 October 2019
13:30 – Press conference with Coach Nicolato at the RADISSON BLUE YEREVAN
20:30 – Official training at FFA Academy Stadium (open to the press for the first 15 minutes)

Monday 14 October 2019
09:00 – Exclusive RAI TV interview with Coach Nicolato
11:00 – Training (closed)
20:30 – FFA Academy Stadium in Yerevan: ARMENIA VS. ITALY
followed by a post-match press conference, dinner and return to Italy on a chartered flight and end of the national meet

Source:  figc.it