Roma fullback Leonardo Spinazzola spoke at a press conference today at Coverciano ahead of Italy’s match against Greece at the Stadio Olimpico on Saturday. These are his words:
What will it be like to play at the Olimpico and what kind of game will it be?
Playing at the Olimpico in our home is always nice. I think that on Saturday there will be a good atmosphere because the stadium will be full of people, the Romans will give us a lot of warmth just like always. It should be a good showcase and a beautiful evening.
Cassano said that Italy has not met strong opponents, while Ventura has spoken of an easy group. Mancini responded with irony. What do you think about it?
Football has evolved. Even the smallest nations have good defensive organization by now. On paper, we have more technical ability and strength but the pitch is another thing. If you don’t show humility and don’t have the same energy as your opponent, you could drop points.
What does playing in Rome mean?
Representing Italy at the Olimpico bring out a lot of emotions. Everyone knows what this stadium emits.
Left or right back: is it the same for you? Or do you see yourself as a winger?
I’ve always said: there’s a reason I’ve played left back all my life. That’s what my role is, but if the manager wants me to play on the right I will, but my football changes. I’m not used to playing in that area — it will take time to improve and patience is needed. Kolarov is very strong. As player, as a man — he’s one I have a lot of appreciation for. I think it’s excessive to exclude the possibility of me playing in that role. I’ll play where the Coach wants me to.
I played as a winger six years ago, but I prefer to play deeper because I have a lot more field. I have the luck, or misfortune, of being able to play several roles.