As reported by Italian radio broadcaster Radiosei (via La Lazio Siamo Noi) earlier today, the 51-year-old Italian coach thought it was unfair how much bad press the Italian striker has gotten this summer.
I don’t agree with the criticism of Immobile, he does a dirty job, he always disturbs the two-opposing centre-backs, he attacks space. Apart from the goals, his teammates exploit his work.
The idea of a false nine for Italy doesn’t seem appropriate to me. Insigne doesn’t have those characteristics, he would be distorted.
And we would find ourselves with few references in the opponent’s area.
The 31-year-old Immobile, who is contracted to the Roman club until 2025, has had a difficult European Championship this summer. The Lazio star has started all but one game, only being absent in the final group stage game against Wales.
In his five appearances in Euro 2020, Immobile has scored two goals and provided one assist, but has still come under fire by Azzurri fans for failing to be more consistent and seemingly not providing much in the build-up phase.
Immobile is likely to start in the finals against Gareth Southgate’s England on Sunday evening, where he will have another chance to finally win over the Italian fans.