The in-form AC Milan right-back Davide Calabria eyes to break into Roberto Mancini’s Euro 2020 squad as he enjoy an impressive season ahead of the biggest tournament in Europe. The 23-year-old, capped twice by Italy, has played all nine SerieA games for the Rossoneri this term and was rewarded with his debut for the Azzurri in November.
“I went through a bad period, I had to get out of it by myself rolling up my sleeves and working hard,” Calabria told Sky Sport. “I think this other positive period is a reward for the sacrifices I have made, I hope to continue as I’m doing with Milan and I hope to arrive at the European Championship.”Calabria also revealed that his teammates are glad to have coach Stefano Pioli recovered from coronavirus.
“I talked to the coach a lot to establish a human relationship between us, it’s essential for a team to create a positive relationship, because it is then reflected on the pitch,” he said. “Now, everyone gives everything for each other. In the period in which we unfortunately were without the coach, we gave everything to make him happy and we succeeded. And we are even more please that he’s back now.”
Meanwhile, the Azzurri reached the Nations League final four and extended their unbeaten run to 22 games with a 2-0 win away to Bosnia last week. An impressive goal from Andrea Belotti broke in the 22nd minute and Domenico Berardi midway through the second half secured Italy’s spot as they top Group A1 with 12 points from six games. Italy also earned the right to host the Nations League final.
Roberto Mancini’s Italy set a new all-time record with their 10th consecutive victory, the sixth in a row on their travels, with a 3-0 result at Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Euro 2020 qualifiers last year. The revamped Italy side can potentially clinch the title if Mancini line up his best starting XI. They are drawn in Group A along with Turkey, Wales and Switzerland with games set to be played in Rome and Baku.