Mattia De Sciglio admits “it was a dream come true to play in the most famous stadium in the world,” the Maracanà.
The 20-year-old full-back started in this evening’s 2-1 Confederations Cup victory over Mexico in Rio de Janeiro.
“It’s a dream come true to play in the most famous stadium in the world and not something many people can say they’ve experienced,” he told Rai Sport.
“Things went well and in the previous games we were a little tired, but knew we had another four days to work on fitness levels.
“We approached this match the right way from the start and it went the way we wanted it to. At half-time we just said that we had to continue playing like this and would bring the victory home if we carried on.”
Italy aimed most of their attacks down the left flank, where De Sciglio and Emanuele Giaccherini caused Mexico real problems.
“There was no specific plan to push more down our left. We knew Mexico were good at closing down the wings, so we had to find the men between the lines and spread the play in the final third.
“I can play on the right or the left. Obviously on the right with my stronger foot I have the advantage in certain situations, but playing on the left allows me to strengthen the other foot, so it is helping me become a more complete player.
“Having the opportunity to play regularly helps you gain confidence and self-esteem. I am ready for whatever decision the Coach makes. This is a very important competition that allows you to prove yourself.”
De Sciglio is one of three players in the Confederations Cup squad who are still eligible for Under-21 duty, along with Mario Balotelli and Stephan El Shaarawy.
“I am very proud of my teammates who reached the Under-21 European Final and sent them and Coach Devis Mangia a good luck message.”