“There are several records being broken”
1NEWS – Playing at the Artemio Franchi Stadium, Italy again played the 2022 World Cup qualifying match against Bulgaria on Friday morning (3/09/2021) WIB.
Roberto Mancini’s men took the lead thanks to a goal created by Federico Chiesa in the 16th minute. Not long after 20 minutes, Bulgaria equalized through Atanas Iliev in the 39th minute.
The thing that is of concern is how Chiesa seems to be sharper if he plays for the Italian national team compared to Juventus. This can be seen at least from the last three matches of the former Fiorentina player.
Is no one gonna talk about this beauty of a goal from Federico Chiesa pic.twitter.com/ShOEwCtFzd
— DM1 (@_dm1_00) September 2, 2021
In the last three games with the Old Lady, against Empoli, Napoli and Atalanta during pre-season, the 23-year-old couldn’t score.
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On the other hand, in the Italian national team in his last three matches, the son of Enrico Chiesa has successfully contributed two goals, one scored against Spain in the Euros, and the other against Bulgaria this morning.
In addition, there are some interesting notes from the match which was attended by around 14.366 thousand people. First, Roberto Mancini became the coach of the Gli Azzurri national team with the most home games unbeaten, in which the former Inter Milan coach managed to record 11 wins and seven draws. Previously, the record was held by former Juventus coach, Marcelo Lippi.
Italy’s 1-1 draw against Bulgaria has seen them draw level with Spain and Brazil for the longest unbeaten run in international football! Can Mancini and his side break the record?#365Scores#Mancini#Jorginho#Azzurri#Chiellini#Italy#Spain#Brazilpic.twitter.com/z0Ca3QMf01
— 365Scores (@365Scores) September 2, 2021
Second, Italy successfully matched Spain’s unbeaten record, where Leornado Bonucci et al have not suffered defeat in their last 35 matches at international level. Previously the record was held by La Roja in the period from 2007 to 2009.
The only country with a better unbeaten record than Italy & Spain is Brazil. The Samba national team recorded 36 matches without losing, from 1993 to 1996 to be exact.
Chiesa: “I don’t care about goals”
After the match, the important Gli Azzurri player at Euro 2020 himself apparently didn’t really care about his goal achievement with Italy, for him getting three points was the main focus.
“I’m happy with the goal, but we should have won and we didn’t. Now we have to go to Switzerland and play as we know,” Chiesa told Rai Sport.
“It would be better to take the three points home, we wanted to win and we have to focus on the next game now. We played good football and we had great ideas, we proved it tonight.”
“The first game of the season is always the most difficult. We drew against Bosnia a year ago, but as we progressed we proved that we can achieve good results.”
The 1-1 draw made Italy still lead Group C with 10 points from four matches. They will face Switzerland who are in second place in Basel on Monday morning (6/9/2021) WIB.
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