Ukraine-Italy, Spalletti: “The penalty? We didn’t steal anything”

The national team coach: “We deserved to qualify for Euro 2024”

“We didn’t steal anything. We didn’t deserve, but deserved to qualify for the European Championship.” Thus the coach of the Italian national team, Luciano Spalletti, on the sidelines of the ‘Europe of Tomorrow’ event in Rome, regarding the 0-0 draw in Leverkusen with Ukraine and the penalty not awarded in injury time to the Azzurri’s opponents for the contact between Cristante and Mudryk. “If one extrapolates that episode to come against us, it’s not right, without looking at the rest of the team’s performance – adds the coach – The match was difficult due to the pressure it had and that episode can be doubtful, certainly not as clear as A lot of people want to put it there. It’s sorry.”

The coach then focuses on Zaniolo: “For me he can be a centre-forward, he could have an important future. It’s clear that without goals we don’t make much progress in football, but we have those who score them: we even left some at home like Immobile and Retegui, but they are players that we appreciate and know very well – adds Spalletti – The three who were there, Scamacca, Raspadori and Kean, I learned to appreciate through in-depth knowledge. They have different and important potential.”