Italy midfielder Marco Verratti says the Euro 2020 final against England at Wembley will be “an epic”.
Verratti thought England deserved to beat Denmark in Wednesday’s semi-finals, despite the fact that Raheem Sterling’s penalty won was “a bit of a generous penalty”.
England were awarded the penalty in extension of their clash at Wembley on Wednesday after Joakim Maehle was accused of fouling Sterling.
Harry Kane then saw his attempt parried by Kasper Schmeichel from 12 meters before using the rebound to win as Gareth Southgate’s men triumphed 2-1 and set up the final on Sunday against the Italians at the same location.
When asked about the penalty incident on Thursday at a press conference, Verratti said: “Maybe it was a bit of a generous penalty, but it’s part of the picture in football. I think it was a bit of a generous penalty.”
“I think England did a great job. They made it to the final for the first time and that says a lot.
“They only conceded one goal, so it’s a very solid team, great players, very even, and I think they deserve to go to the final. Now it’s all about the final, which I think comes in epic finale will be.
“England are a very physical team and they have very talented players too. We’re going to play a very, very tough team, they’ll play at home, they know the stadium well. But it’s a dream for us,” she won European Championship.
“Sure, the fans will somehow take into account, but we are all professional players, we know what it means to play in stadiums with fans and somehow that will drive us too. We will be happy about that too – it’s great,” all in one overcrowded stadium play.
“I think Italy-England is always a big game. There will only be one winner and I hope we are. We will do our best.”
“Special Mancini did a great job for Italy”
Italy is managed by former Manchester City coach Roberto Mancini, who took over Azzurri in 2018 and has been unbeaten in 33 games.
Verratti said: “I think Mancini did a great job.
“He’s done very well wherever he’s trained. He’s been criticized, of course, but that’s part of the picture too. If you don’t win, you get criticized in the end, that goes for everyone, it’s in football absolutely normal. ” Results are paramount, and when you don’t win, it’s easier to criticize the manager than the entire team.
“He did a great job for us, everyone can see that. He’s a very special manager to us, he built our confidence when we lost it because of the negative results in the past. I think he was the perfect man for the job.”
“He reinvigorated our enthusiasm, we actually had fun with his style. We haven’t lost in 33 games – these are important statistics and they show that he is doing a great job. Sometimes you could say that managers are not that important , but “for us it really is an added value.”