He has played hardly any football in the tournament and yet when he did, he looked lively on both his substitute appearances. He created a goal for Graziano Pellè against Spain and nearly got one of his own against the Republic of Ireland. Lorenzo Insigne could feel quite perturbed that he hasn’t been used more throughout the tournament.
“We are united as a group. We are all starters,” he told the Press. “When I’m called upon, I’ll do my best.” This is a feeling that resonates through the squad.
Mattia De Sciglio also waxed lyrical about how his team have every reason to think they can beat the Germans this weekend. The unity and togetherness that runs through the team is perhaps is even greater than was in the 2006 squad. Perhaps it needs to be, as even though the World Cup winners were given little hope, they had a better roster and much more quality.
The Azzurri still need to be careful, as while the Germans often fall to the Azzurri, patterns can be reversed. Just ask Spain.
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