The former Milan goalkeeper has been heckled throughout the Azzurri’s loss to Spain in the Nations League.
Italy manager Roberto Mancini has expressed his displeasure after Gianluigi Donnarumma’s difficult return to Milan on Wednesday, saying fans should have prioritized their love for their national team rather than their anger over the club’s recent departure of Serie A. The former AC Milan goalkeeper played at San Siro for the first time since leaving for Paris Saint-Germain this summer.
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And the Euro 2020 hero was the butt of boos and jeers from the crowd as Italy lost 2-1 to Spain in the UEFA Nations League semi-finals. “He certainly did not like it, just as we did not like it. Gigio did well, “Mancini told reporters after the game.” Gianluigi Donnarumma played for Italy and it was not a club game.
“This situation could have been put aside for one night and he could have been whistled in a possible PSG against Milan. Italy is Italy and comes first.”, added the Italy coach. Roberto Mancini also spoke about the hostile reception at the microphone of RAI Sport, declaring that the whistles were an “unpleasant episode”.
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Wednesday’s loss is the first Italy has suffered in 37 matches, a world record that spans two years and includes victory at Euro 2020. Spain, meanwhile, will face France or Spain. Belgium in the Nations League final, but Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini tried to see the positive in adversity.
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“It’s a shame that the defeat came in Milan, but there is something to be proud of with this extraordinary series of results“, the Juve mainstay told RAI Sport.”It is a necessary step in the process of growing a team that can still do much better. We knew it was a difficult game, we asked for patience and a clear mind, sometimes you have to accept that the opponent is a very strong team that gives you problems “.
“It’s a shame we wanted to continue this unbeaten streak, but the point is that is going to help our growth process. We almost managed to come back to score when we were down to 10 and down 2-0, so it shows what we are capable of “, concluded the defender. Italy will be back in action on October 10, when they face the loser of the Nations League’s other semi-final in the competition’s third-place match.