Lorenzo Pellegrini is making his dreams come true for both Roma and Italy. “I really liked Daniele De Rossi when I was a kid. Now he is my friend and teammate.”
Italy host Portugal in the Nations League on Saturday at 19.45 GMT.
He spoke to the official FIGC Twitter feed about his early days in the sport and dreams come true.
“I really liked De Rossi when I was a kid. Now he is my friend and teammate,” said Pellegrini.
“The best player I worked with was probably Edin Dzeko, as he really impressed me at Roma. The strongest opponent was Leo Messi.”
Pellegrini was asked which four historic Italy players he’d choose for a five-a-side team with himself.
“Gianluigi Buffon in goal. Paolo Maldini in defence. For the midfield, De Rossi and I, with Roberto Baggio upfront.
“I don’t have a dream goal for Italy. I’d just be happy if the ball went in the net. I expect great things of this Nazionale, despite the fact we had a difficult moment. We are a strong and young squad who can do well.
“Against Portugal, we have to play with grit and determination, as we are in front of our home fans and want to bring home all three points.”