By Obiajulu Chiagoziem
Italy has won the 2020 Euro competition against England. Following their winning of the trophy, Italian international, Leonardo Bonucci, has revealed what the English players did, which motivated the Italian side to work harder for the trophy.
Bonucci has been on England’s head, rubbing them salt on the already sustained injury of losing out in the finals of the competition.
He’s saying that Declan Rice played a part in motivating the tournament winners.
“We didn’t pay much attention to it [the Three Lions song] until the Spain game,” Bonucci, who ridiculed England’s ‘It’s Coming Home’ catchphrase on the pitch after Italy’s win, said in an interview with The Athletic.
“Then the anger inside of us began to mount. We wanted to show them that the final hadn’t already been decided. That they hadn’t already won.
“Hearing that song on repeat and the comment from Declan Rice saying England were 10 times more motivated to win than us – well, they’re the kind of mistakes young players make.
“You don’t say that. You should never say you want something more than somebody else, or you’re better than somebody else.
“You should always put yourself on the same level as your opponent, keep a low profile and strike at the right moment. That’s what we did.”
The Italian side as they won through penalties against England, also did same in their semifinals against Spain. However, Bonucci felt that Roberto Mancini’s men (Spain) had the right mix of confidence and humility than England.
“We never said we were going to win, just that we were an inch away from going all the way and getting the right result.
“We were never presumptuous about it. We stayed humble and that’s what made the difference.
“We had a great team, a great coach and a great staff behind us. To give our country and ourselves that kind of joy was something truly special.” Bonucci concluded.