Zoff ‘would be happy’ if Donnarumma beats his record

by | Jun 13, 2021 18:18

European Championship winner Dino Zoff said he ‘would be happy’ if Italy goalkeeper Gigio Donnarumma beats his record of minutes without conceding a goal.

Donnarumma didn’t concede any goals in the 3-0 win over Turkey and has played seven consecutive games for the Azzurri without conceding.

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Zoff, who won Euro 1968 and the 1982 World Cup with Italy, holds the record of 1143 minutes with out conceding any goals but said he would welcome Donnarumma to beat him during Euro 2020 this summer.

“If my record was beaten, I would be happy,” Zoff told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “It would mean Italy go all the way to Wembley.

“But even if Donnarumma conceded one, it wouldn’t change much, the group have the resources to be competitive, to overturn the situation.

“It can happen and shouldn’t be a problem.”

Zoff praised the Azzurri’s performance against Turkey on Friday.

“In the opening match, the Azzurri played very well,” he continued. “But be careful. Turkey played really bad.

“With the centre-forward isolated up front, they tried hopeless long balls, or they tried to restart with low triangles that allowed our team to press high.

“There will be teams capable of organising a more decent counterattack. Then it will be necessary for the coach and the players to find the right counter-moves to avoid any danger.”

The 79-year-old, capped 112 times by Italy, retired in 1983 after 11 seasons and six Scudetti with Juventus.

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