U-21 EURO: Azzurrini to make debut tonight against Denmark at 20:45 CEST!

U-21 EURO: Azzurrini to make debut tonight against Denmark at 20:45 CEST!

There have been a total of 14 matches between Italy’s and Denmark’s Under-21 sides in the past, with the Azzurrini clearly having the edge. The Italians have recorded a total of seven victories, five draws and just two defeats. Their last meeting was a friendly in Bergamo on 14th November 2016, with the match eventually ending as a 0-0 draw. However, the outcome will be much more significant come tomorrow, as Italy begin their European Championship campaign in Poland. A number of these current Under-21 players have already experienced the bitterness of what can crop up whilst playing for the Azzurrini, as Luigi Di Biagio’s side previously found out as they failed to progress past the group stage back in 2015. A night before Sunday’s game, Italy will now certainly be looking to redeem themselves during this summer’s competition.

For tomorrow’s match against Denmark (Krakow Stadium at 20:45 CEST), Di Biagio is looking to make the most of the previous encounter between the two sides: “Denmark have improved a lot in recent years,” said the coach. “They have some top class players, whilst they are also well organised and play a good style of football. We know them well. We played them last November and it ended as a draw, although we deserved something more from the game. We know how they play, but I am sure that they are more focused on us and concentrating on what we will try to do out on the pitch.”

With a total of five titles, Italy are the most decorated team in the history of this European Under-21 competition, therefore are unsurprisingly among the favourites this time round. Their path to the finals was both exciting and optimistic, as a number of young players stood out in terms of their character and technical ability: “We have enjoyed a really good training camp,” the coach continued. “The players who put in a lot during the season have recovered well. But it will still be difficult. There are four or five squads who are very impressive, although you do not simply progress due to your decorated history, you still have to do well as a team. Especially in competitions like this. The lads are focused. Among them are a few different players who took part in the last European Championship. They have now gained further experience over the last two years and their development is important. I see in their eyes the same amount of enthusiasm that was present two years ago. The desire to be here at all costs and the desire to redeem themselves, this was a great surprise for me. It is clear that tomorrow’s match is fundamental. We will treat it like it is the last 16.”

 

 

Italy Squad 

Goalkeepers: 17 Alessio Cragno (Benevento); 1 Gianluigi Donnarumma (Milan); 19 Simone Scuffet (Udinese);
Defenders: 3 Antonio Barreca (Torino); 14 Davide Biraschi (Genoa); 2 Davide Calabria (Milan);
13 Mattia Caldara (Atalanta); 12 Andrea Conti (Atalanta); 22 Alex Ferrari (Verona); 23 Pezzella (Palermo); 4 Daniele Rugani (Juventus);
Midfielders: 15 Marco Benassi (Torino); 5 Danilo Cataldi (Genoa); 18 Roberto Gagliardini (Inter); 8 Alberto Grassi (Atalanta); 21 Manuel Locatelli (Milan); 6 Lorenzo Pellegrini (Sassuolo);
Forwards: 7 Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo); 10 Federico Bernardeschi (Fiorentina); 9 Alberto Cerri (Pescara); 20 Federico Chiesa (Fiorentina);16 Luca Garritano (Cesena); 11 Andrea Petagna (Atalanta).

Staff: Delegation Head: Gabriele Oriali; Coach: Luigi Di Biagio; Assistant Coach: Carmine Nunziata; Assistant Coach: Daniele Franceschini; Secretary: Emiliano Cozzi; Goalkeeping Coach: Antonio Chimenti; Fitness Coaches: Vito Azzone and Luca Coppari; Match Analyst: Filippo Lorenzon; Doctors: Angelo De Carli and Luca Gatteschi; Nutritionist Cristian Petri; Physiotherapist: Enzo Paolini, Guido Mauro Ferrini and Maurizio Fagorzi.

Under-21 National Team’s full schedule

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)

Semi-finals (27th June) 

Final (30th June)

 

 

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