Excitement grows before Denmark opener. Gagliardini: “We want to lift the trophy”

Excitement grows before Denmark opener. Gagliardini: “We want to lift

The countdown has begun for the Under-21 National Team’s opening fixture at the European Championship. On Sunday, the Azzurrini face Denmark at 20:45 CEST. At 18:00 CEST, the tournament kicks off in Group A as reigning champions Sweden face England in Kielce before Lublin sees the hosts Poland face Slovakia at 20:45 CEST.

The squad trained for the first time in Poland yesterday before continuing to prepare further in the afternoon for the Denmark match at the Wisla Krakow stadium. The aim is to do better than two years ago in the Czech Republic when a defeat against the eventual winners Sweden in the opening match was decisive as the Azzurrini failed to get out of the group.

Roberto Gagliardini knows well the value of starting on the right foot as he intends to finish his unforgettable season in the right way. After joining Inter where he became an immediate starter, he also made his senior debut and he was also called up by Gian Piero Ventura for the last fixture against Liechtenstein. “My life really change a lot in twelve months,” he said at today’s press conference. “It was a special year, with great development. Now, I want to do well in Poland. I’ve got my energy back and I feel ready for Sunday. We’ll look to have the right sense of calm on the pitch and we’ll also look to enjoy ourselves but obviously without forgetting our main objective which is victory.”

Expectations are high but Gagliardini has shown in recent months that he knows how to take on responsibility. “Pressure is building up among us but we’re capable of managing it,” he added. “We are convinced that we can have a great tournament, we’ve worked a lot and we feel good. We know that we’re a good group, we want to go far and possibly lift the cup.” Aware of the value of his side, Luigi Di Biagio has repeatedly stated that it’s mentality rather than ability which can make the difference. “The manager has lots of charisma and he knows how to prepare well for matches,” added Gagliardini. “He pays great attention to the opponents, he shows us lots of videos and he’s able to transmit his gritty spirit to us.”

Under-21 National Team’s full schedule

Friday 16th June

13:15 meeting the media at the Hotel ‘Q-Plus’ – Krakow (player)
16:30 training at TG Wisla Krakow (closed door)

Saturday 17th June

17:30 press conference at the Krakow Stadium
18:00 MD-1 training session at the Krakow Stadium

Sunday 18th June
 
10:30 training at TG Wisla Krakow  (closed door)
20:45 DENMARK vs. ITALY “Krakow Stadium” post match press conferences to follow after the match

Monday 19th June

11:00  training at TG Wisla Krakow  (open to the public)
13:30  meeting the media at the ‘Hotel ‘Q-Plus’ – Krakow (player)

Tuesday 20th June

17:00 press conference at the Tychy Stadium
18:00 MD-1 training session at the Tychy Stadium

Wednesday 21st June

18:00 CZECH REPUBLIC vs. ITALY  Tychy Stadium post match press conferences to follow after the match

Thursday 22nd June

11:00 training at TG Wisla Krakow (closed door)
13:30 meeting the media (player)

Friday 23rd June
17:30 press conference at the Krakow Stadium
18:00 MD-1 training session at the Krakow Stadium

Saturday 24th June
10:30 training at TG Wisla Krakow (closed door)
20:45 ITALY vs. GERMANY  Krakow Stadium post match press conferences to follow after the match

Group C schedule for Under-21 side at the European Championship  

Matchday One (18th June)

Germany vs. Czech Republic (18:00 CEST – Tychy)

ITALY vs. Denmark (20:45 – Krakow)

Matchday Two (21st June)

Czech Republic vs. ITALY (18:00  – Tychy)

Denmark vs. Germany (20:45 – Krakow)

Matchday Three (24th June)

Czech Republic vs. Denmark (20:45 – Tychy)

ITALY vs. Germany (20:45 – Krakow)

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