Emanuele Giaccherini is satisfied after making his international debut in Italy’s 1-1 draw with Spain.
The Juventus player was used on the left of a 3-5-2 system and subsequently won the praise of Italy boss Cesare Prandelli.
“The Coach’s words make me happy, but I only did what was asked of me by the tactician,” the midfielder, co-owned with Cesena, stated.
“It was my first game and against an opponent of the class of Spain, but I just went on to the field of play with no fear.
“I think the fact that I remained calm was my strength out there.”
The Azzurri took the lead through substitute Antonio Di Natale, but Cesc Fabregas hit back almost immediately for the champions.
“We knew that we wouldn’t start the game as a team already beaten,” Giaccherini continued.
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