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“The Coach Will Decide, But I Hope To Convince Him To Take Me”

Written By Onyeka Daniel

The Italian national team is hard at work, preparing for the upcoming Euro 2024 tournament and they’re set to play a series of friendly matches in preparation while the manager will have to reduce the number of players in the coming days.

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For Riccardo Orsolini, he admits that he hopes to ‘convince’ Luciano Spalletti to make him part of the Italy squad for the tournament, as he starts in tonight’s friendly against Turkey. The Nazionale will also face Bosnia and Herzegovina on Sunday.

Before beginning EURO 2024 against Albania on June 15, Spain on June 20 and Croatia on June 24.“This has been a particularly magical season and this is the icing on the cake. I am truly happy to be back playing in my home, at the Dall’Ara, just a few weeks after the end of the campaign,” Orsolini told Sky Sport Italia.


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Bologna secured fifth place in the final Serie A table and qualified for the Champions League, having not even been in Europe for over 20 years.Spalletti tests out a 4-2-3-1 formation this evening against Vincenzo Montella’s Turkey, though it could mutate to a three-man defence when building out from the back.

“We hope for a great performance and, even if it is a friendly, to play well and give the coach what he is looking for.”Italy place not guaranteed for Orsolini. Orsolini is one of the players who could still be cut from the squad to reach the final 26 going to Germany for the EURO 2024 tournament.

“I am focused on doing what I do best, trying to show what I can do on the field, to help the team. I know that I have different characteristics to the other individuals up there, so I think and hope that I can have my say.

“The coach will decide, but I hope to convince him to take me to Germany.” He further added. There were rumors earlier that they were considering Igor Tudor at Lazio, but it looks like they’ve settled on their choice as they look to make a huge impact in Europe next season.

Meanwhile…

Atalanta announced that Italy international Giorgio Scalvini has successfully undergone surgery for a torn anterior cruciate ligament. He suffered the knee injury during Sunday’s final game of the Serie A season, as Atalanta were beaten 3-2 at home by Fiorentina in the rescheduled fixture. That injury ruled him out of the Italy squad for EURO 2024 and he is expected to be out of action for up to six months.

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A statement from his club this evening confirmed that the operation was performed at the Villa Stuart clinic in Rome by Professor Mariani and was a complete success. Scalvini had to have his anterior cruciate ligament in the left knee reconstructed using keyhole surgery. He will immediately begin rehabilitation and treatment to make a full recovery, but is not expected back on the field until 2025.

The centre-back is a product of the Atalanta youth academy and is only 20 years old, yet already has eight senior caps for Italy and was in Luciano Spalletti’s group for the European Championship in Germany. He made 44 competitive appearances for Atalanta this season, contributing two goals and three assists from defence, winning the Europa League.

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