Monday November 18 2019
Nicolato: 'Kean perfect with U21s'

Italy U-21 boss Paolo Nicolato assures Everton striker Moise Kean has always been professional under his watch. "At his age it's not easy with this pressure."

Kean has made headlines for all the wrong reasons lately, as his father has claimed the striker shouldn't have left Italy last summer.

He's only started two games for Everton since signing for £27.5m from Juventus and was recently dropped for tardiness, an issue that also affected him during the European Under-21 Championships.

However Italy U-21 coach Nicolato says the striker has been professional with him.

"He was perfect over the last few days. It is not easy to manage all this interest, this pressure. But within the group he is doing well."

The Azzurrini swept Iceland aside 3-0 in Ferrara, with two goals from Wolves striker Patrick Cutrone, but Nicolato doesn't want their intensity to drop.

"We arrived for the game against Iceland without certainties, with a brand new defence and a midfield with some new players, and we had a good game. The mistake is believing we have made big steps and that this game [against Armenia] will be easier, but the truth is, it will be difficult.

"If we do not have the same intensity of play, our technical quality won't be enough on its own."

Italy play Armenia tomorrow in Catania and Kean is available again, as he was suspended with Iceland.

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