SPAL wing-back Manuel Lazzari had “hoped for a different debut” after Italy lost 1-0 to Portugal in the Nations League.
“I honestly hoped for a different debut, but we faced a very strong side and even without Cristiano Ronaldo they have so much quality in attack,” he told Rai Sport.
“It’s an important experience for me, we were up against the reigning European Champions and we only conceded on the counter-attack.
“The tempo was really fast today and they are dangerous on the counter, so it’s a pity we didn’t get a result.”
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