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LIVE TMW – Italy, unmoved: “The US World Cup and the Scudetto with Lazio are my goals”

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13.00 – In Coverciano it’s a day unmoved siro. center forward from National The protagonist of the question-and-answer narrative will be with the journalists on the third and penultimate day of the meeting at the Azure headquarters. 13.30 start schedule: Live text on Tuttomercatoweb.com.

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13.31 – Ciro Immobile press conference begins: “I had to stop everything that happened after I failed to qualify for the World Cup. I understood that others could not decide on my retirement. Also thanks to the club, I decided that I still had a lot to offer. The World Cup is a long way off. Age is definitely advancing, but if That was my case, I know I will still be able to make something.”

Why did you think about retirement?
“To the disappointment of not qualifying for the World Championships and for the heavy criticism. Those are two things that set you apart. However, over the course of the weeks, I realized that it couldn’t be others who decided my path, to retire. In my place. Of course, these things make you think.”

Did you convince yourself or did the coach have to intervene?
“I think Mancini had no doubts about my retirement, I talked a lot about it with my family and in the end I decided to continue.”

Who are the young strikers that you like?
Scamaka, Pellegri, Pinamonte… Raspadori has already reached the European Championships with us and I already consider him a semi-veteran. Gianluca decided to go to the Prime Minister, a difficult choice and you have to give him time. They have to score with the club and then trust the team as well.”

Do you also feel like the leader of this team?
“Yes, and I also feel compelled to give something to the group, both on and off the field. That’s what I carry with me. This generational change is happening with so many youngsters and Italian football needs something more, it has to start from us”.

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Do you feel the beacon of this national team?
“I thank the coach for the words. I did my professional training and today’s guys have to start with it, I started from Sorrento and did the whole process. It’s time to grow up. We have to give the guys time and a way to express themselves, maybe it’s easier at the club. We need to More patience.”

Why in the national team minus marks? Do you like the possibility of playing 3-5-2?
“In the form I say that nothing changes for me, whatever the coach chooses for me is good. For the first question, I ask myself almost every day … Maybe in Lazio I have a greater margin for error and that makes me win four top scorer rankings and then score less with The national team. I ask myself this every day precisely because I always want to improve and give my best, and sometimes I want to exaggerate it leads you to do big nonsense.”

In the national team, you never feel like your position is so great
“I’ve always felt confident. The criticism didn’t bother me too much, but to take credit for not qualifying for the World Cup and not winning the European Championship is ridiculous. I didn’t like this diversity of points of view, it’s a bit funny, but you also accept that and move on.”

What do you say about Lazio?
“We are in a good position in the standings, we lost a few points but we are on a good path. The next step has to be mentality and growth, we are scoring less but we have more points than last year and with the defense in place. Now we have to fix the Europa League after the last gaffe.”

What mistake did you make after the European Championship?
“When a team wins, it should immediately be good at restoring enthusiasm and today it’s a bit lacking. Maybe it’s the arrival of new players and the confirmation of the coach and all the staff, it should give us confidence and morale.” This is enthusiasm. We miss him at the moment because the World Cup is going to be happening soon and we won’t be there.”

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Have you reported crimes on social media?
“I think haters should be denounced, especially in terms of gratuitous malice. I’ve been getting really bad messages about my kids and I have to stop this. Across the social world, not just in the world of sports, it’s written about everything. It’s probably hard to keep track of real people. , and sometimes they are fake profiles, if UEFA is moving then it is right to send him back to Italy as well.”

Is real estate in the US World Cup hypothesis develop?
“Yes yes, it is one of the goals that I set for myself. I have always been a goal without limits, always trying to move forward and look to the future with confidence and positive. This motivated me to do exceptional things in addition to my technical qualities, because I cannot explain these moments in the national team, I have It was a bit difficult in recent years. In Lazio I couldn’t do more, unfortunately in the national team the numbers were lower but here too I always did my best.”

Could this be the year of the Scudetto for you?
“This is also connected to my speech. As a captain, I can’t shout that we’re going to win the Scudetto, but every year I have this fixed idea of ​​when I start retiring. I have that mentality, and I love being able to reach the limit. I think the player and the man should always look forward to And I’m not saying that Lazio will definitely win the Serie A title, but they are a growing team, and the battle this year will be very open.”

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TMW – Why do strikers in Italy suffer more than players based in other divisions?
“A striker has to have continuity more than other roles, and continuity always means many goals, the striker must always score many goals. It is better to have 5 seasons of 15 goals than one goal of 30, then if you score 5 of 25 A goal then it’s the best. I always look to the best who always score goals. Young strikers have to set that goal, they always score many goals, and in football today they are able to help the team.”

Did you think we’d go to San Siro?
“Yes, unfortunately, given the former coaching staff of Italy and Sweden, we do not have a good memory … I expect a difficult match against England, it will be one of their last World Cup preparatory matches, but we know we have to give something to our people who are disappointed by the lack of qualifications. “.

Why can the national team become the champion again?
“The national team in difficult moments was a point of union for everyone, during the European Championship we saw how Italy came together… From there we have to start over, the Italians must keep that memory in their minds and trust us… This is an important starting point without forgetting Disappointments that inevitably strengthen.”

How do you comment on the failure of Zaniolo and Zakani?
“I think the coach made some choices, I don’t know if they are related to what happened in June. I saw Zakani at a training camp and he told me about the physical problem in June… There was a bit of a controversy, but it’s crazy to think that someone wants to escape from Coverciano. I saw Provedel’s eyes when the call came and he reminded me when I got my first call.”

13.59 – The press conference concluded.