Saturday June 8 2019
Barella hails Jorginho and Verratti

Nicolò Barella appreciates the new possession-based Italy approach and called midfield teammates Marco Verratti and Jorginho “phenomenons.”

The Cagliari midfielder has now scored two goals in as many Italy games, opening the scoring in the 3-0 victory away to Greece.

“I thank Gallo (Andrea Belotti) for that wonderful pass. I wanted to score more goals for Cagliari this season, but I’m happy to have saved them up for the Nazionale,” he told Rai Sport.

Italy showed their new possession approach by completing 689 passes compared to just 265 for Greece.

“We keep the ball for long periods, so it’s harder for the opposition to score against us. We also have defenders who know each other well and that makes us even tougher to break down.

“Jorginho and Verratti are two phenomenons. Anyone who plays with them will inevitably do well. I got a bit angry with myself because I missed the chance for a second goal.”

Italy are already three points clear at the top of their Euro 2020 qualifying group and host Bosnia-Herzegovina on Tuesday in Turin.

“This was a great performance, but we are already thinking about Bosnia on Tuesday and will give our all to win every game.”

There are multiple reports Barella is on the verge of a transfer to Inter for €50m.

“As I’ve always said, interest from other clubs means I’ve done well, so I consider it a compliment and further motivation. I hope to keep doing well and we’ll see what happens. This summer I’m returning to Cagliari for my vacation, then we’ll see.”