Italy are optimistic about a possible return for captain Giorgio Chiellini, as the Azzurri continued their preparations for the match against Belgium on Friday.
Ciro Immobile, who has scored two goals in three appearances at the Euros, gave a long interview at the press conference today and spoke about his relationship with CT Roberto Mancini.
After the press conferences of today, Italy continued to prepare for the match against Belgium at the Federal Technical Centre in Coverciano.
The Azzurri’s stance on the kneeling ahead of games continues to get reactions, as they will take a knee ‘in solidarity’ with the Belgians ahead of the quarter-final in Munich.
Captain Chiellini was the spokesman to confirm the Azzurri will kneel if the Belgium players do, and the Juventus veteran might be back in time to feature himself.
Giovanni Di Lorenzo said Italy ‘know Lukaku is a great player’ but stressed the Azzurri can’t forget about the other stars of the Belgium side, but it’s not certain if he will start at right-back.
Reports in Italy have suggested Mancini will wait until the last minute to decide who will start at right, with Rafael Toloi also eager to get the nod.
Federico Chiesa gave Italy a great boost against Austria, but it’s not certain he will get the go ahead before Domenico Berardi, who has been preferred from the first minute so far, with Ciro Immobile and Lorenzo Insigne more or less confirmed in attack.