Final training session before leaving for Poland. Tavecchio: “We have a great side”

Final training session before leaving for Poland. Tavecchio: “We have

A training session at 18:00 CEST was scheduled for Italy’s Under-21 side on Wednesday, as the team train for one final time at Trigoria before leaving for Poland tomorrow morning. Their opening match at the European Championship will be on Sunday, as they take on Denmark at 20:45 CEST in Krakow.

The squad’s official photo was taken this morning, with FIGC President Carlo Tavecchio and CEO Michele Uva both wishing them good luck. Following the arrival of five players yesterday (Donnarumma, Conti, Pellegrini, Gagliardini and Bernardeschi), Luigi Di Biagio now has a full squad available. The Italian quintet had previously been called up by Gian Piero Ventura for Italy’s recent matches against Uruguay and Liechtenstein.

“We have a strong side,” said Tavecchio. “We have put together the best squad possible for the European Championship. Even though the other teams have also made progress, we will not have problems in facing them. Obviously we are going with a desire to win, although our minimum goal is the semi-finals. The final is the primary objective.”

Coach Di Biagio is already firmly focused on the upcoming match against Denmark: “You cannot afford to slip up in the first game,” he said. “Otherwise you risk being eliminated at the first stage. We need to win our opening match.” The squad as a whole is full of talent and also fairly experienced. Despite their young age, the 23 Azzurrini have collectively racked up almost 1000 Serie A appearances between them: “It is a story that started seven or eight years ago,” Di Biagio added. “The main aim has been to relaunch Italian football and I believe that we have achieved this goal. Winning the European Championship would be the crowning moment following all the hard work that we have put in, from Under-15 level to the Under-21s.”

As happened last year prior to the National side’s departure for the Euros in France, the FIGC’s Head of Competitions Giovanni Spitaleri met with all the Under-21 players and staff this morning to discuss the UEFA’s ruled on match-fixing. Over the course of the meeting and as part of the FIGC’s anti-corruption programme, Spitaleri also informed the players about UEFA’s rules in maintaining the competition’s integrity.

23-Man squad for Under-21 European Championship

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 Nicola Murru (Cagliari); 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

Wednesday 14th June
h. 10.30 OFFICIAL SQUAD PHOTO
h. 13.30 meeting the media (Coach)
h. 17.00 training (closed door)

Thursday 15th June
h. 11.00 flight departure from Rome to Krakow, before then transferring to Hotel ‘Q-Plus’ in Krakow.
h. 17.00 training at TG Wisla Krakow (closed door)

Friday 16th June
h. 13.15 meeting the media at the Hotel ‘Q-Plus’ – Krakow (player)
h. 16.30 training at TG Wisla Krakow (closed door)

Saturday 17th June
h. 17.30 press conference at the “Krakow Stadium”
h. 18.00 MD-1 training session at the “Krakow Stadium”

Sunday 18th June
h. 10.30 training at TG Wisla Krakow  (closed door)
h.  20.45 DENMARK vs. ITALY “Krakow Stadium” post match press conferences to follow after the match

Monday 19th June
h. 11.00  training at TG Wisla Krakow  (open to the public)
h. 13.30  meeting the media at the ‘Hotel ‘Q-Plus’ – Krakow (player)

Tuesday 20th June
h. 17.00 press conference at the “Tychy Stadium”
h. 18.00 MD-1 training session at the “Tychy Stadium”

Wednesday 21st June
h. 18.00 CZECH REPUBLIC vs. ITALY  “Tychy Stadium” post match press conferences to follow after the match

Thursday 22nd June
h. 11.00 training at TG Wisla Krakow (closed door)
h. 13.30 meeting the media (player)

Friday 23rd June
h. 17.30 press conference at the “Krakow Stadium”
h..18.00 MD-1 training session at the “Krakow Stadium”

Saturday 24th June
h. 10.30 training at TG Wisla Krakow (closed door)
h. 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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