Lazio defender Francesco Acerbi remembered the joy of winning Euro 2020 with Italy exactly a month after their final win over England.
Speaking in an interview with Italian broadcaster Sky Sports Italia (via LazioNews24) earlier today, the 33-year-old Italian defender first spoke about the Round of 16 game against Austria, in which he played the full 120 minutes.
The important thing was to bring home the result, I found myself there on the follow up of a corner, we recovered the ball and there was no one in the middle and I stayed there and in the end it also went well.
We knew that against Austria it was difficult because it was the first knockout game, they had nothing to lose.
The Lazio defender spoke about the importance of the dynamics and relationships within the Azzurri squad.
We are first of all people and we want to have fun. The environment of Coverciano made us feel at home, we were happy and we were working towards the same goal.
When you are happy and can’t wait to be with your teammates and play with them in the match, everything is easier.
Also the coach asks you to be yourself and have fun, the group had fun on and off the pitch and this was the secret.
Finally, Acerbi looked ahead to next year’s World Cup in Qatar and if the Azzurri squad are already thinking about it.
No, because a month has gone by and the season is about to start. Apart from us, Spain has really strong young players and in the years to come will be one of the strongest around.
In chat every day we text that we are the champions. Today someone wrote that a month has passed since the final, I have already forgotten, the season will soon begin.
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The 33-year-old Acerbi, who is contracted to the Biancocelesti until 2023, made 32 Serie A appearances last season, for a total of 2815 minutes. In that time, he provided one assist and helped the side keep 10 clean sheets.
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Acerbi is expected to be a core part of coach Maurizio Sarri’s squad, playing in a four-man defence for the first time in a Lazio shirt.