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Italy u21 not afraid of Asensio and co. ahead of semi final

The Italy u21 midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini insists that the Italians are not afraid of playing Marco Asensio and his Spanish teammates ahead of the semi final in the European Under-21 Championship

Spain are the favorites to win the European Under-21 championship, as they have brought along a dangerous display of talents in the squad. Marco Asensio has been phenomenal and all of his teammates have been playing good as well. Spain have so far scored 9 goals in three games in the tournament, and the best players rested in the last group game where they won 1-0 against Serbia, so they should be fit to face Italy in the semifinal on Tuesday. The Italians lost 4-2 to La Rojita back in the 2013 final, and will be looking for payback.

Lorenzo Pellegrini told the following to UEFA.com: “We’re absolutely ready for this as we’re focused and we’ll give our best, like we did against Germany,”

“It’s a one-off game, so absolutely anything could happen. We already played against Spain in a friendly in March and know their players very well.”

“They’ve got international stars like Marco Asensio and Saul Niguez, so we know it won’t be easy.”

“Asensio won the Champions League and plays for probably the best team in the world, Real Madrid.”

“It’s only natural he’d be at the centre of attention in this tournament, but we’ve got great players like Domenico Berardi and Federico Bernardeschi too.”

“The Euros are very important for me, as facing up to strong opponents is fundamental for a young player to improve.”

“It’s always wonderful to win, but with this squad we really feel like a family.”