Italian international goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma has praised head coach following the team’s victory over Poland which was their first win in six games.
After the Azzurri held firm and pipped Poland 1-0 with a Cristiano Biraghi goal in the 92nd minute. It’s their steadfastness in pursuing that winner that has Gianluigi Donnarumma impressed, and the AC Milan shot-stopper insists Mancini instilled that steadfastness in the team.
“The atmosphere is calm: we needed this victory, we deserved it and it gives us even more strength to move forward with calmness,” Donnarumma said to Rai Sport after the match.
“Even if it’s difficult not to, we try not to think about anything other than ourselves. We needed this win to convince ourselves that we’re a great group.
The Coach makes us give our best in every training session. We have to listen to him and go on like this.”
Italy dominated the match, holding 70% of possession and popping off 18 shots to Poland’s six. Chelsea’s Jorginho hit the post in the very first minute, while Lorenzo Insigne rattled the woodwork on the half-hour mark.
Juventus goalie, Wojciech Szczesny made a few saves as well that threatened to frustrate Italy. They remained opportunistic, and found the winner as Cristiano Biraghi tapped in a corner at the far post.
“Tonight we faced a great Szczesny and I congratulate him,” Donnarumma said.
“We controlled the game for almost its entirety and it wasn’t easy. We have to continue like this and go one game at a time.”