Gianluigi Donnarumma says Italy are ‘where we deserve to be’ as the reigning European Champions after securing their ticket to EURO 2024.
The Azzurri got the point they needed against Ukraine this evening in Leverkusen to secure qualification, thanks to a superior head-to-head record.
It was a tough slog on neutral turf in Leverkusen, especially in stoppages when Bryan Cristante appeared to trip Mykhaylo Mudryk, but the referee and VAR waved play on.
“We are very happy, we are where we deserve to be, albeit with all the difficulties we had. Thanks also to the new coach and staff, we are back,” Donnarumma told RAI Sport.
“It’s only right that we are there, because we are the trophy holders, and we want to win it again.”
Italy won EURO 2020, even though it was played in the summer of 2021 due to the pandemic, under previous coach Roberto Mancini, who resigned to take over the Saudi Arabia role in August.
“There was so much pride, we thank all these fans, they gave us an incredible hand to defend in the final minutes, they can’t know the help they gave us. Now we celebrate, we are there too.”
The draw for the group phase will be held on December 2 and this result means Italy will be in Pot 4.