Rome, November 17. – Salvatore Esposito will hardly forget this 2022. His debut in the senior national team, in England on 11 June, the captaincy of his club (Spal), the possibility of being coached by what has always been his idol Daniele De Rossi. At the age of 22 on 7 October, Esposito – from the retreat of the Under 21 national team leaving for Ancona, where the test against Germany is scheduled for Saturday (5.30 pm, live on Rai2) – retraces months of emotions.
“My debut in the senior national team was a huge sensation – he says -. The blue shirt is the most important and most beautiful a footballer could wish to wear. But obviously I have continued to follow my teammates in the Under 21s even since the retirement National A: I haven’t missed a game.” Called up at the last minute in September to join Coach Mancini’s team, Esposito is available to Paolo Nicolato in this November window: “We’re all at the same level here, it doesn’t matter whether we were part of the senior national team or not. We share experiences in this group beautiful, where there is joy and where there is also the awareness of our strengths which increases with the passage of time”.
A group that still has 48 hours to prepare Italy-Germany. “We’re approaching a match that always has its charm in the right way – explains the midfielder -. Italy-Germany on an emotional level is always very important. We will face a physical, aggressive team, but strong in dribbling and with important individuals We will have to be good when we have the ball, but above all when we have to go and win it back.” Another test, this one, to measure the team’s ambitions in view of the European Championship. “We can play with anyone – admits Esposito -. I’ve seen players with incredible attachment, who know how to play the ball and have personality. The strength of this team is a group made up of people who love being in the national team. And this is a pillar to make a good European Championship. We’re going to play: we are Italy and we have a duty to do so”.
Esposito moved from Mancini to De Rossi in a few weeks: “Having a coach who has an eye for young players is a fantastic thing. We have to exploit it and be ready. With De Rossi, on the other hand, I’ve always had a great relationship, he’s He has always been my idol. For me it is an extra responsibility to have him as a coach, because in addition to doing well for me and for Spal, I also have to do well for him, who is a person who helps me a lot and gives me a lot. For Daniele (he calls him by name, ed) I would always like to give something more, but it’s something that doesn’t just start from me. He’s a person who is loved, a trained coach: an example”.
Despite his young age, Esposito is already in his fifth year as a professional: half a season in Serie C with Ravenna, one in Serie B with Chievo and now the third in Ferrara. “Doing this type of path shaped me as a boy and as a player – he admits -. When you start in a square like Ravenna, in Serie C, coming from the Inter youth sector where you have all the comforts, you begin to understand how life goes An experience that I recommend to those who are still in the Primavera, while still complimenting those who manage to get out of this category and immediately find themselves well in Serie A or Serie B”.
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