Following yesterday’s emphatic 6-2 win over Hungary, inspired by goals from Cutrone, Chiesa, Depaoli and Orsolini, the Under-21 National Team this morning trained in Budapest. The players involved on Thursday completed a light workout, while the rest of the squad worked out fully on the training pitch.
The Azzurrini will depart for Ferrara tomorrow afternoon, where on Tuesday (18:30 CEST) they’ll take on Morocco in a friendly at the Stadio Paolo Mazza. As for tomorrow’s training, Federico Bonazzoli will be joining the squad having featured for the Under-20 National Team on Thursday evening against England in the Eight Nations Tournament. The Spal striker was previously called up by Luigi Di Biagio just under three years ago (Italy vs. Denmark, November 17th 2014), when prior to Gianluigi Donnarumma’s first appearance, he was the youngest player to have made his debut for the Under-21 side.
The Azzurrini have a perfect record in Ferrara, winning all five matches between 1990 and 2008 against Hungary, Sweden, Bulgaria, Wales and the Netherlands. The Morocco friendly will be presented at 14:00 CEST on Monday 9th October at the Sala Arengo at Ferrara’s town hall with the Mayor Tiziano Tagliani, Councillor for Sport Simone Merli, Spal Patron Simone Colombarini, Spal President Walter Mattioli, Coach Luigi Di Biagio and Youth Director Giorgio Bottaro.
Photo (Getty Images) shows Federico Bonazzoli in action yesterday during the fixture between the Under-20 National Team and their English counterparts in Gorganzola
Goalkeepers: Emil Audero (Venezia), Mattia Del Favero (Juventus), Simone Scuffet (Udinese);
Defenders: Claud Adjapong (Sassuolo), Davide Calabria (Milan), Elio Capradossi (Bari), Lorenzo Dickmann (Novara), Gianluca Mancini (Atalanta), Giuseppe Pezzella (Udinese), Filippo Romagna (Cagliari), Marco Varnier (Cittadella);
Midfielders: Federico Chiesa (Fiorentina), Fabio Depaoli (Chievo Verona), Manuel Locatelli (Milan), Rolando Mandragora (Crotone), Alessandro Murgia (Lazio), Matteo Pessina (Spezia);
Forwards: Federico Bonazzoli (Spal), Patrick Cutrone (Milan), Andrea Favilli (Ascoli), Riccardo Orsolini (Atalanta), Vittorio Parigini (Benevento), Daniele Verde (Hellas Verona), Luca Vido (Atalanta).
Staff – Coach: Luigi Di Biagio; Assistant coach: Massimo Mutarelli; Secretary: Emiliano Cozzi; Fitness Coach: Vito Azzone; Goalkeeping Coach: Antonio Chimenti; Match Analyst: Filippo Lorenzon; Doctors: Angelo De Carli and Luca Gatteschi; Physiotherapist: Guido Maria Ferrini and Emiliano Bozzetti; Nutritionist: Cristian Petri.
Schedule (All times CEST)
Saturday 7th October
13:05 Budapest/Venice flight and transfer to Hotel Carlton in Ferrara
18:00 Training (closed)
Sunday 8th October
13:00 Press conference (player)
18:00 Training (closed)
Monday 9th October
14:00 press conference at Sala Arengo in the Municipio di Ferrara
17:30 Training MD-1 at the stadio Paolo Mazza in Ferrara (First 15 minutes open to the press)
Tuesday 10th October
18:30 ITALY vs. Morocco Stadio Paolo Mazza, Ferrara. Meetings with press and return journeys to clubs to follow.