Saturday March 27 2021
Nicolato: 'Azzurrini control own destiny'

Italy U21 coach Paolo Nicolato insists they can ‘take control of our own destiny’ in the showdown with Spain tonight.

It kicks off at 20.00 GMT, you can check the line-ups here.

This is particularly crucial, as the Azzurrini were held 1-1 by the Czech Republic in their opening European Under-21 Championship match.

“We need a little bit of luck, perhaps the luck we were missing in the first game,” Nicolato told RAI Sport.

“At the same time, we have to do our part, have that hunger to prove ourselves, to take control of our own destiny. We have to give our all and then we’ll see what happens.

“Fear is a sentiment that should not be part of sport. We must respect what we do, respect ourselves and our opponents, but focus on doing our best.”