(Adnkronos) – “I, after this joy, can also safely return to the sarcophagus. Let’s not talk about us anymore, now they are there and it’s up to them to get excited and win “, says in an interview with the newspaper La Ragione, Andrea Lucchetta, captain and decisive man of the historic 1990 world title in Brazil.” Simone Giannelli – continues Lucchetta – he used words from one of the ‘generation of phenomena’, when I was captain of the national team. We played for the jersey and for the tricolor. The group at the time unhinged a world and also dealt with resistance, but there were only print media and television. Now you are dealing with social media and everything else. Giannelli was fundamental, in harmony with the Federation, in giving value to the blue jersey. We play for Italy. We are Italy. We put ourselves at the service of the country. Sport has shown not only to win, but to convince us of the great opportunity that we all have as a country: we boast great excellence, both working and sporting. It is no coincidence that President Sergio Mattarella ignored the protocols, immediately inviting the boys to the Quirinale. Italy plays for the shirt and not for the surname printed on the back. This is the difference. “
Light and ruthless, they recalled the motto made immortal by Mohammed Alì – 2Fly like a butterfly, sting like a bee “- and the manifesto of this spectacular group is precisely the one who created it. Fefè De Giorgi, one who was in the field 32 years ago and he learned from Lucchetta and Velasco: “The group was perfectly managed by a tough guy from 1990. He was on the bench and knew how and when to enter and serve the group. Ferdinando has a background in which he perfectly knows the countermeasures to be implemented when things do not go well. It is no coincidence that he is always very calm – Lucchetta lowers the pace of reasoning because certain dreams weigh – and this balance can give you ample guarantees of building a team that will go to the European Championships next year and then aim for the Olympics “.
Andrea Lucchetta closes with a metaphor: “On Sunday I felt like the master Obi Wan Kenobi of ‘Star Wars’, who goes out and passes his energy to Simone Giannelli, because the time has come to be pierced by Darth Vader. time to leave my energy in the hands of Simone Giannelli, who gave me the awareness – 32 years later – of having found myself in a new captain. He is now the Jedi knight of this national team aiming for the Paris Olympics . We are the team to beat. “.