“As for Ciro Immobile, we received communication from the Lazio doctor that he was hurt, and they didn’t know whether he would recover. There was a chance he wouldn’t be able to play. I’ve asked Giovanni Martusciello and Maurizio Sarri directly, and they responded honestly. I phoned the player, and we came to the conclusion that it was best for him to rest. He felt this need to. I think we did the right thing. He was unavailable against Atalanta, so that was coherent.”
Moise Kean returns to the Italy squad since Immobile and Mateo Retegui are hurt. Spalletti weighed in.
“I don’t know how he behaved in the past. All the players are special to me, and I treat them like that. At the same time, I want answers. They should come here not to laugh at what we do on the pitch, but to be serene and have fun. The game also requires seriousness and professionalism. I’ve read a book about the All Blacks, who don’t want headcases. I’ll gift it to the footballers.”
Spalletti dished on Giacomo Bonaventura.
“It was tough for me to exclude him the last time out already. He’s sort of replacing Lorenzo Pellegrini, as he’s an offensive-minded midfielder. He has complete ball handling and can shoot and cut deep. His age is the doubt only, but his performances have to be rewarded.”
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