Six Nations, Italy-England Lamaro: “We need precision and cynicism”

The blue captain and the challenge of Rome: “Starting again from the attitude shown in France, credibility is won with continuity”. Yesterday the Under 20’s resounding victory over the English: “Courage and intensity, but I don’t think it will affect our game”

To give continuity to the good things seen in Paris, but to take further steps forward in terms of “precision and cynicism”. This is captain Michele Lamaro’s recipe for the match that awaits Italy in Rome tomorrow (4 pm), when he will have to challenge England in the match that will complete the second day of the Six Nations. With two teams returning from a defeat on their debut: the Azzurri in France and the English in Scotland. “Even if they lost – observes Lamaro – they played very well. They have some absences, it’s true, but also a very large pool to draw from, they will have no disadvantages. Our goal is to stay focused on the things we can control, we will have to think about putting a level performance on the pitch, as we are sure they will do “.


In Paris we saw a discreet Italy, defeated, but in a match. And who paid a very high price for his mistakes, as Lamaro admits: “We will certainly have to start from that attitude, for courage and intensity we have been at an international level, but we need to be more precise in certain situations, especially when leaving our field, and much more cynical. Physicality will be an aspect as always very important and to save energy it is necessary to play more time on the opponent’s field, so the tactical game at the foot will be fundamental “. Many of the mistakes cost in Paris in goals and meters were committed by the midfielders Stephen Varney and Paolo Garbisi, who, however, in the overall management of the game, despite their very young age, seem to have good competence. “Both of them put an incredible professionalism in preparing each match – says Lamaro – and then you can see it on the pitch. They can make mistakes, but their strength is to think action after action, because the one just finished cannot be changed and instead you can make a positive thing to resolve the previous negative. It is a great merit and they are able to manage us ahead in this sense “.


Yesterday Lamaro, like all the other Azzurri and many fans, witnessed the sensational miracle of the Under 20s, who won 6-0 in Treviso over the defending champions of the Six Nations category: “If that result could affect our performance, I can’t say. . But I can say that they showed courage and intensity, staying focused for 80 minutes, which is remarkable at that age. They were good at not giving England a break to move forward. loaded, but I wouldn’t say it will affect our game. ” Rather, we must finally find that continuity vainly pursued by this national team and many previous ones: “The problem of recent years has been to be able to find solutions in certain matches and then see them dissolve in the following ones. This is precisely the key to our Six Nations, which started as we wanted, aware that there is a lot to improve compared to the match in Paris. We know that playing action by action makes the difference, we must be able to realize the hard work and at the highest level done during the week. what others say about Italy, we are trying to obtain respect and credibility. We cannot say that we have won them, so we want to continue on our path “.


The Italy-England pre-match will also live on an original live on TikTok, with a live broadcast from 2.30pm to 3.15pm on the official @federugby channel, animated by the two former Azzurri captains Paola Zangirolami and Leonardo Ghiraldini. TikTok has in fact become the official partner of the Tournament and in the first week they reached 111 million views.


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