Zambrotta: “Calafiori played an extraordinary match with personality and fearlessness”


During the Milano Football Week event, Gianluca Zambrotta shared his thoughts on Italy’s 2-1 victory over Albania in their Euro 2024 opener, praising the performance of Riccardo Calafiori, who played as a central defender. Quotes by TMW, Zambrotta said of the perofrmance:

“We took some risks, but in the end, the result is more than fair. Now we face Spain? It’s a complicated match. Spain has great young players, and they were extraordinary in their first game. All the matches in this group will be challenging; we need to take it one game at a time.”

Zambrotta had high praise for Calafiori, who usually plays as a full-back but slotted into the central defensive role. “He played an extraordinary match, like the entire team in the first 60 minutes. He played with personality, without fear. Perhaps the only blemish was the long ball where we risked an opportunity with Donnarumma’s clearance. However, he showed beautiful things yesterday.”


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