Antognoni: “Italy, pay attention to Switzerland but I’m optimistic. Stretcher free talent”

“We have to be very careful today in Berlin.” Word of Giancarlo Antognoni. Interviewed by the notebooks of today’s edition of Freethe 1982 World Champion spoke about today’s match between Italy and Switzerland: “I remain optimistic – he began – because the Italy seen in the final against Croatia was sincerely a good Italy. In football, episodes count and that magic of Zaccagni will open up new paths”.

The former Fiorentina player then spoke about Italian football, and in the 26 Azzurri in particular, there is no other Antognoni: “Football has changed – he continued – you go at 300 miles an hour and you no longer have time to think. I played looking at the stars because the pace was different and I had a less frenetic vision. A bit like Barella. Jorginho is more of a midfielder and plays 10-15 meters behind me while Nicolò is a free talent.

A regret in blue? The final in Madrid in 1982 – concluded Antognoni -. I injured my foot in the semi-final and tried until a few hours before the final then I gave up. I watched the 3-1 against the Germans as a fan but, in the end, I felt like a world champion too. This is what I told the boys at Coverciano”.