Roberto Mancini told off Milan supporters for jeering Gianluigi Donnarumma during Italy’s Nations League match with Spain. ‘Italy are meant to come before everything else.’
This was the goalkeeper’s first match back at San Siro since he left as a free agent to join Paris Saint-Germain.
He was jeered throughout the warm-up, but also loud boos and insults rang out around the stadium every time he touched the ball, including on back-passes and during Spain attacks.
“It certainly won’t have pleased him, just as it did not please us. Gigio did well,” said Azzurri boss Mancini in his press conference.
“Obviously, it was disappointing, because this was Italy playing, it was not a club match. They could’ve put it aside for one match, maybe saved it for PSG-Milan, because Italy are meant to come above everything else.”
The Nazionale lost 2-1 in the Nations League semi-final, ending a 37-match unbeaten run that remains a world record at international level.
Ferran Torres bagged a brace, but Leonardo Bonucci’s red card just before half-time proved decisive.
Italy will play either France or Belgium in Turin on Sunday to decide third place in the Nations League.
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