Friday October 12 2012
Ferrara stands by Azzurrini

Ciro Ferrara wishes his former Under-21 players the best for tonight’s play-off, analyses Juventus-Napoli and reveals a Lorenzo Insigne secret.

This evening the Azzurrini go into the Under-21 European Championship play-off with Sweden under Coach Devis Mangia, though for most of the qualifying campaign Ferrara was at the helm.

“Now this journey, which I shared for two years, comes to the crunch and I am sure they will do well,” said Ferrara, who left in the summer to take over at Sampdoria.

“They have these two matches to overcome, but they will do it with the awareness that Italy have excellent talents.”

Insigne is in the Under-21 squad for tonight’s game and is finding success in Serie A at Napoli.

“I never had doubts on Lorenzo’s talent. I had been following him since his days at Foggia and had the chance to know him better with the Azzurrini. I even tried to take him on loan to Sampdoria this summer.”

Ferrara is a former player of both Napoli and Juventus, so will be very interested to watch their Scudetto showdown next weekend.

“It will certainly be a difficult match for Napoli, but it is also true that Juventus have an unbeaten record that has to end eventually.

“I don’t think this is going to be a decisive match for the Scudetto, though, as we are still at the start of the season.”

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