The Italian team started on Tuesday a concentration prior to the Eurocup under the sun and the 25 degrees of temperature on the island of Sardinia, with a group of 32 players summoned by coach Roberto Mancini.
Italy trained for the first time this Tuesday morning in the fields of the Forte Village, on the outskirts of Cagliari, in a concentration that seeks to mix work and relaxation so that the players can recharge their energies before starting the Eurocup.
Mancini allowed the players to go to the Forte Village accompanied by their families and scheduled only one training session per day, starting at 10:30 a.m.
“We wanted to give the boys the possibility of spending four or five days with their families and at the same time we tried to understand what condition they are in. The players have been two seasons in a row without pause and the stress can be more mental than physical,” he said on Tuesday Gabriele Oriali, director of the Italian team, in statements provided by the Italian Football Federation (FIGC).
Mancini leads a group of 32 players, as Manuel Lazzari did not go to Sardinia due to personal problems, and will reduce it to 30 after this Friday’s friendly against San Marino.
The final list for the Eurocup will be communicated before next June 1.
Among the ‘azzurri’ is goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, whose contract with Milan expires on June 30 and whose future seems far away from the ‘rossonero club. “He seems calm and collected to me,” Oriali said, analyzing his mood.
The Italian international footballers went to Sardinia after receiving this Monday, with the right of priority granted by the Government, the second dose of the coronavirus vaccine.
Italy is in group A of the Eurocup and will face Turkey, Switzerland and Wales.