July 27, 2021

Italy-Spain, Sergio Ramos: ‘The Azzurri have the right experience for these matches’

Italians always have that extra bit of experience, they know how to play and always handle the small details very well in this kind of games “. Sergio Ramos, the great absent of the Spain a Euro 2020, speaks thus of the semifinal that on Tuesday evening will see Italy and the Red Furies compete against each other Wembley. The defender, 180 appearances and 23 goals for his national team, warned his former team-mates during an interview with UEFA. difficulty which will entail the challenge to Azzurri in Mancini.

“Against Italy I remember the 4-0 of Euro 2012”

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The 35-year-old central defender also recalled the victory of Spain against Italy in the final of Euro 2012, played to KIev. That 4-0 represented the Spanish national team’s third international success in four years, after Euro 2008 and the 2010 World Cup. “Behind what we live there is effort, dedication, work and professionalism. We knew we were a historic, vintage team – admits- we felt the difficulty of winning Europeans, Worlds and then again the Europeans but the possibility of reaching that goal motivated us even more and allowed us to reach a record that was practically impossible to break, at least for many years. “Of that game, nine years later, Ramos remembers every detail:”Vicente del Bosque (Spanish coach at the time, ed) put a lot of emphasis on the opposing team in general, not on a particular player because it was a great Italy with Pirlo, Cassano, a young Balotelli in a splendid state of form. Taking the lead after a few minutes with Fabregas was fundamental. “A thought also for Jordi Alba, the only survivor of that final among the owners today coached by Luis Enrique: “He never stops going up and down the band”.

Iniesta: “It was the perfect final for us”

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The perfect ending“is the definition that the former Barcelona and Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta, today coach of Vissel Kobe in Japan, uses for the 4-0 to Italy: “When we had to attack, we attacked, when we had to have possession, we had it – he reminds UEFA microphones – I have great memories of Euro 2012, in terms of play, also as a competition. That of Kiev against Italy it is one of the great matches we remember with the Spain shirt“.