Torres reveals the secrets of Spain’s victory and Chiellini admits that...

Spain took revenge on its host, Italy, the European champion, and reached the final of the second edition of the European Nations League competition when it beat it 2-1 at the San Siro stadium in Milan in front of 37,000 spectators in the semi-finals.
Manchester City striker Ferran Torres (17, 45 +2) scored Spain’s two goals, while substitute Lorenzo Pellegrini (83) scored the honorable goal for the hosts, who completed the match with ten players since the 42nd minute after their captain Leonardo Bonucci was sent off.
“We knew it was going to be a special match,” Torres said. “We are facing European champions Italy at home. Everything was great. Winning is the fruit of training and when you do it perfectly, you always get results.”
France, the world champion, will meet Belgium Thursday in Turin in the second semi-final match, while the final will be held on Sunday at the San Siro stadium, and the third-place match will be held at the Alliano Stadium in Turin.
Spain and its coach Luis Enrique considered their loss to Italy in the last European Cup semi-final, when coach Roberto Mancini’s men outperformed on penalties after the end of the original and extra time with a 1-1 draw.
Spain stopped Italy’s record series in maintaining its unbeaten record at 37 games, and inflicted its first loss at San Siro since 1927, achieving its first victory over Italy at home in an official match.
Spain decided the result of the match in the first half when it scored two goals thanks to its control and great possession of the ball, which amounted to 63%, as well as the numerical shortage after Bonucci was sent off because she scored the second five minutes after his exit.
Spain continued its advantage in the second half and could have strengthened on more than one occasion and almost paid the price dearly because the Italians reduced the difference in the last seven minutes and rushed in search of an equaliser.
Mancini was forced to remove striker Bernardeschi to push the other pole of defense and captain Giorgio Chiellini at the beginning of the second half, and he also made four other changes without succeeding in turning the table on his guests.
Chiellini commented on the loss, saying, “We are sad for this loss, sad because we lost on this field. We made some mistakes, which Spain took advantage of to score. We were not mentally clear, and the numerical shortage affected us a lot. I am sure we will learn from this loss.”
He added, “No team is invincible. When you face strong and big teams, you must focus, and I think we paid the price for not focusing.”
For his part, Mancini said, “Sometimes it goes like this, the results of matches are determined by their facts. We could have come out tied in the first half. They play very well from a technical point of view. Unfortunately we could not finish the game with 11 players, we committed A mistake that can’t be done at this level. I didn’t see the shot, but it doesn’t change anything. You have to be careful when you have a yellow card. In the second half we managed at least to score without conceding a goal, congratulations despite everything to the players.” .
Italy played the match in the absence of their attacking hearts Ciro Immobile and Andrea Belotti due to injury, so coach Mancini, Juventus striker, Bernardeschi, preferred to keep the veteran defender Giorgio Chiellini on the bench, preferring Alessandro Bastoni.
The Spanish national team played the match in the absence of more than one key player, most notably Alvaro Morata, Dani Olmo, Pedri, Gerard Moreno and Jordi Alba.
And his coach, Luis Enrique, brought in the promising Barcelona midfielder Gavi, 17, who became the youngest player in history to carry the colors of Spain, breaking a record at the age of 85 years.
Gavi (17 years and 60 days) broke the record of Angel Thobeta Redondo, who wore the Spanish national team shirt for the first time at the age of 17 years and 284 days in an international friendly match against Czechoslovakia (1-0) in 1936.
Gavi’s participation is a huge leap for him, especially since he only played 363 minutes with the Blaugrana.
Source: France 24.





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