If Italy is in the final of the Euro, it owes it in part to a man who was not necessarily expected: Federico Chiesa. Scorer from the left in overtime against Austria in the round of 16, the Transalpine put it back in the semi-final against Spain, with a nice curl from the right this time. With a more skilful Berardi in front of goal, he could even have ended the game with an assist on the clock. Too bad for statistics, he will console himself with a man of the match title and a final to be played tomorrow night at Wembley (to be followed live with commentary on FM).
“One of the best evenings of my life? Without a doubt, yes! To play such matches for my country and to represent 60 million Italians is an incredible dream that I would never have imagined realizing ”, ignited the player of Juventus Wednesday evening, scorer during a Euro 25 years after his father, Enrico. At 23 years old and 5 seasons after his professional debut at Fiorentina, the son has made a name for himself. He is even in the process of becoming the providential man of Squadra Azzurra, which not many people expected a few weeks ago.
Mancini : “A player who scares his opponents”
The winger of Juventus started on the bench this Euro. Roberto Mancini preferred Domenico Berardi and Lorenzo Insigne on the wings to accompany Ciro Immobile during the group stage. Established against Wales, where he was elected man of the match, when the Nazionale had already qualified for the round of 16, he must again sit on the sidelines at the kick-off of Italy-Austria. “We won this match thanks to the players who came from the bench, entered with the right mentality, and they found a way to resolve this match. Federico (Chiesa) and (Matteo) Pessina were very good ”, testified Mancini after the eighth final.
The entry into play of Chiesa obviously pleased his coach, who played with the father during the 80s and 90s, in Sampdoria in particular. In the old days supersub, he has not left the starting XI since, to the detriment of Berardi. “Physically, Federico is different from his father. Enrico was a striker, Federico is a winger, he runs more than his father. Both are introverts, like all Genoese, always correct and serious. He is a player who scares his opponents. It always takes two men to mark it “, Mancini said last January.
A needy man turned hero
The composure and sense of purpose Wedding ring made the difference, he who is sometimes mocked since the start of his career because of his lack of efficiency in the area (34 goals in 167 Serie A matches, 3 goals in 31 selections). Reputed to be a hard worker, the one who is still on loan for one season by Fiorentina to Juventus (the purchase option is set at € 40 million) is in the process of earning his stripes as heroes of a whole people. “For two or three years I struggled to get playing time because my physique was not as developed as other kids my age, rewound the piston to Eleven Magazine. When you’re 14 or 15, it starts to look like a bit of a hopeless situation. “
“I have thought about giving up several times, but my family has always believed in it and, ultimately, me too. Working hard in training has really paid off, that’s what propelled me into Serie A and now I’m trying to improve week after week. It’s the same attitude as Cristiano Ronaldo. He does not have the talent of Messi, but has won the same number of Ballon d’Or (one less in truth, note) “, even dared the Portuguese teammate in Piedmont. Like his partner, he undoubtedly likes statistics and the law of the series. Chiesa finds Wembley where he already scored in the eighth and then in the semi-finals. So, never two without three?
Source: Foot Mercato : Info Transferts Football – Actu Foot Transfert by www.footmercato.net.
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