On Thursday, Italy debutants Armando Izzo, Leonardo Pavoletti and Marco Sportiello discussed their experience thus far training with the Azzurri at Coverciano.
Here is what Marco Sportiello, 24 year old keeper for Atalanta, had to say at today’s press conference, courtesy of vivoazzurro.it:
“For me it’s massive to be here for this training camp. I’m available and I will do my best. I want to seize my opportunity and learn from all the other players. I have to believe I can get the nod for the European Championship. It’s a part of my job. Breaking into the national team isn’t easy and it’s even harder to remain there but you have to try. I’m doing the goalkeeping training with Spinelli but I am impressed by Conte’s enthusiasm and determination. I always liked Toldo as a goalkeeper especially his ability to save penalties, like he did in the European Championship in the Netherlands.”
Genoa defender Armando Izzo:
“It’s a unique feeling to be here. I’ve given my best throughout the season and now I’m here. I will do my best to convince people I deserve to be here. Antonio Conte doesn’t give up even a centimeter and this determination rubs off on the players. I would accept it if I was a substitute and had to stay on the bench as long as it was helping the team at the European Championship in France.”
Izzo’s teammate, Leonardo Pavoletti, had a stellar season for the rossoblu scoring 14 goals. He spoke about his desire to make it to France next month:
“I have done a great job up to now and hope that I can be a part of the squad at the European Championship. It will definitely depend on how I perform over the next few days. I had a great season, with some up and downs because of injuries. I’m really happy to be here now and giving my best but Conte will be the one who gets the final say. I possibly had the chance to be a part of the squad in March, but the injury meant I couldn’t be there. I wanted to be here and now I have managed it. When you reach this stage, you have to be ready to go, so if Conte needs me I will be ready and waiting to accept any kind of role. I am fully focused on the national team right now.”
Next month, Italy begin their Euro 2016 journey on June 13th when they take on powerhouse Belgium.