Cristante: “I wanted to be close to Spinazzola in the moment of need.”

Andy Mattioli

Bryan Cristante has been on the forefront of Italy’s historic win at Wembley Stadium after making an impactful appearance as a substitute in the Euros final. His headed flick proved to be key in giving the Azzurri the much needed draw at the ’67 minute. Now, after a day of celebrating, the 26-year-old spoke to Sky Sport and shared his thoughts on Italy’s tournament.

“Throughout the entire competition we showed we gave it our all. All 26 of us. I think the group’s main strength was our sense of readiness. That made the difference.”

When asked about his versatility and the role that he would be eventually assigned by Mourinho, he said:

“I try to do a little bit of everything. I change positions based on the coach. Let’s see what (Mourinho) has in store for me.”

He also summed up his feelings about the celebrations in London and Rome.

“The people were fantastic, since the very first game. We all felt it. It gave us an extra push. Today it all came full circle.”

Cristante was then asked about the moment Spinazzola’s injury took place in Italy’s clash against Belgium ten days ago, and his immediate reaction to it.

“I saw Leo burst into tears. It was pure instinct on my part. I wanted to be close to him in the moment of need. Leo’s strong and he’s already been there, he’ll come back stronger.”

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