Pablo Daniel Osvaldo broke his Italy duck with a brace in Bulgaria, but could not be entirely happy with the 2-2 draw.
“I am happy with the two goals on a memorable night, even if the result wasn’t pleasing. Clearly it was better to win! So I'm half happy,” he smiled in Sofia.
“It was a difficult game and at times in the first half we did well, while we were under more pressure after the break. Bulgaria played well and the draw was the right result.
“I usually score beautiful goals and these were somewhat scruffy, but they are worth just as much!”
Osvaldo partnered Sebastian Giovinco in a new partnership for the senior squad, although they played together for the Azzurrini in the past.
“We had some good exchanges with Seba, though at times couldn’t find the space. I get on very well with him as a strike partner back from our times for the Under-21 side,” continued the Roma striker.
“I linked up well with Mattia Destro too. They have different characteristics, as Mattia is more of a centre-forward like me, but he has good feet too for passes.”
“At times we were a little slow and did not play the way Italy usually do. Bulgaria put pressure on us and that caused us problems, so at times we managed to pass the ball around and at others we didn’t.
“Bulgaria were sitting deeper at one point, then suddenly poured on pressure and made it difficult for us.”
“I want to dedicate these goals to my daughter Victoria, who every time she goes to church says a prayer for me and lights a candle, so they are for her.”
Osvaldo looks set to make a big impact on Serie A this season as part of Zdenek Zeman’s all-attack Roma.
“I already worked with Zeman at Lecce, so I knew the movements and how hard he trains his squad. I feel in good shape, though I don’t know what percentage I’m at right now.”
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