Italy’s versatile midfielder Federico Bernardeschi said they were definitely ready to face a challenge from Spain in the Nations League semifinals this week.
After successfully winning the Euros, Italy will now face a new challenge in the semifinals of the UEFA Nations League against Spain. The two teams also met in the semi-finals of the European Championship, with Gli Azzurri winning on penalties.
The fierceness of the battle between the two has the potential to make the party in the Nations League very interesting again, especially because Luis Enrique’s team wants to take revenge. However, Italy will certainly try to prove that they deserve to beat La Furia Roja in the last Euro event even though they only won through drama at 12 points.
Gli Azzurri midfielder Federico Bernardeschi admits that Spain is a tough opponent who has given them the most trouble in the European championships. However, even though he is aware that he will face a tough challenge, Bernardeschi guarantees that his team is ready to fight again with Enrique’s team.
“Spain are a very tough team, they are the team that makes it difficult for us in terms of play,” Bernardeschi told the official website of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC).
“But we have shown good progress in the last three years, not only at Euro 2020 so we will definitely be ready to face them.”
For Bernardeschi himself, playing in the UEFA Nations League remains an important thing because it provides continuity after the last European championship. Apart from that, being able to play in important matches such as the semifinals is always a good experience, but the Juventus retainer admitted that he would be even more happy if he was able to win the title again with his colleagues in Roberto Mancini’s squad.
The versatile midfielder is quite optimistic about their chances as the Gli Azzurri will be playing in front of their own public. The match was already scheduled to take place at home to AC Milan and Inter, namely the San Siro and the audience was also allowed to attend and support the national team playing although it was still not 100 percent.