July 26, 2021

Italy-Spain, Azpilicueta: ‘They are strong, by limiting Jorginho we will have more chances’

The Spanish defender spoke exclusively to Sky Sport about the semi-final against Italy: “They are a strong team that has changed their style of play, it will be difficult to face them but we are ready. Insigne and Jorginho have their strengths, we will have to limit them. And me. I learned a lot from the Italian coaches. ” Oyarzabal confident in conference: “We can beat anyone”


It is one of the pillars of the Spain that Tuesday 6 July, at 9 pm (live on Sky Sport Uno), will face Italy in the semifinal of Euro 2020. Quality and a lot of experience for César Azpilicueta, interviewed in exclusive by Gianluigi Bagnulo from the withdrawal of the Roja. The defender born in ’89 analyzed the match against the Azzurri: “Italy is a strong national team which is achieving excellent results – he told Sky Sport -, has changed his style of play and try to hold the ball and play it more. It is a very difficult team to face. “A particular crossroads for the Chelsea player, previously coached by Antonio Conte and Maurizio Sarri, but also by Roberto Di Matteo:”I learned a lot from the Italian coaches. What I remember is the competitive nature and the work that each one brought with his idea of ​​the game: they all had different game philosophies, but the same meticulousness in daily work. “No progress, however, with our language:” I have heard Italian a lot but I have never learned to speak it “, clarified Azpilicueta.

“Insigne dangerous, Jorginho leader: we will have to block him to have more chances”


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Clear ideas on who could be the decisive players in Mancini’s national team. Azpilicueta first pointed to Lorenzo Badge: “I don’t know him personally, but I know that on the pitch can be very dangerous. He is playing a great European, he is a very technical and fast player who always looks for one-on-one and constant dialogue with his teammates. We we will defend ourselves as a team and we will attack as a team, aware of the strength of Italy’s forwards. “Another is instead Jorginho, with whom the Spaniard shares the dressing room at Chelsea: “We have a chat between Chelsea players – continued the defender -, as is normal. We will see each other on the pitch on Tuesday, but this is football: sometimes, when you are in the national team, you face your teammates. It is a natural thing, as it will be normal that on Tuesday we will all give our all for our nations and to qualify for the final. Jorginho is a great player, has shown in both Chelsea and Italy that he is important in making the game run. He likes to have the ball and control the game. He is a smart player: the less protagonist he will be on Tuesday, the more chance we will have to control the game“.

“Morata motivated, he can’t wait to play this match”


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In closing also a passage on the performance of Luis Enrique’s national team so far and on Alvaro Morata, one of the most anticipated players: “In this European championship we did not start well in terms of results – concluded Azpilicueta -, but on the pitch we have always managed to dominate the game and check the matches. Morata? He is very motivated, as well as when playing in Italy with Juventus. He has played at Wembley before and has a great relationship with the country. He’s charged up, it’s a European semi-final and everyone is waiting for this match, including Alvaro can’t wait to take the field“.

Oyarzabal: “We can win with anyone. Ready for penalties”

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In view of the semi-final between Italy and Spain he spoke at a press conference Mikel Oyarzabal. The striker, who scored the decisive penalty against Switzerland in the quarter-finals, commented on the upcoming clash with the Azzurri: “If we play as we know we can beat anyone, we just have to trust our idea of ​​football. Italy has great players and it will be a very complicated game, they have shown their level and we know that they are in a great moment. But the same goes for us“. Clear words and safety even in the event of a new final ai penalty shootout: “We study goalkeepers and shooters. Also in these days we have worked on penalties and surely the others will have done the same. It is not a lottery, behind there is a lot of work “, concluded Oyarzabal.