Palermo midfielder Antonio Nocerino thanked Delio Rossi for his Italy career and revealed “Gennaro Gattuso is my hero.”
The rugged player came off the bench during the 1-0 victory in Slovenia on Friday evening and Thiago Motta scored the winner soon after.
“Maybe it's not a coincidence,” he joked in today's Press conference.
“We played a good game, as we were organised and determined. As for me, I hope I'll have more chances to play and be a part of this squad.”
Nocerino thanked his former Rosanero Coach Rossi, recently fired by Palermo, for the step up in his career.
“If I am here, then I must thank Rossi. He made me grow, not just tactically and in terms of technique, but also as a man.
“At the start everyone thought I was just a workhorse midfielder, but now they are realising I have a certain quality to my football and that makes me happy.”
He has been compared to Milan veteran Gattuso, who has now retired from international duty.
“Gattuso is my hero. I still have a lot of work to do in order to reach his level.”
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