Friday November 23 2018
Di Biagio bemoans U21 draw

Italy Under-21 Coach Gigi Di Biagio feels they had the toughest draw with Spain, Belgium and Poland in the European Championship.

The Azzurrini are in Group A and begin the competition in 2019 against Spain on June 16 at the Stadio Dall’Ara in Bologna.

Italy are hosting the tournament, while Germany are in Group B with Austria, Serbia and Denmark.

England will face France, Romania and Croatia in Group C.

“We couldn’t pick Brazil out of the hat, so we got Spain instead,” shrugged Di Biagio.

“We’ll see what happens. In any case, we are ready, because any opponent in the draw would’ve been complicated.”

However, FIGC director Massimo Ambrosini had a different approach when speaking to Rai Sport.

“Facing Spain in the first game is a great opportunity to create interest and play with courage. If you go into these matches with a sense of inferiority, you are going to lose.

“We can fight them on level terms and we’re on home turf too, so enough of going around saying Spain are so much better than Italy. The lads must play with heads held high.”

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