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A defiant Gianluigi Donnarumma claimed he would get his “head lifted” following Italy’s 5-2 defeat away to Germany in the Nations League on Tuesday.
Germany led 5-0 at one point in Mönchengladbach, and wearing the captain’s armband, the Azzurri goalkeeper had a disappointing evening in person, with Timo Werner pinching the ball off him before making it 4-0.
Goals from Wilfried Gnonto and Alessandro Bastoni gave a little consolation late to Italy’s goal for an inexperienced team, Tuesday’s loss was a harsh reminder of the margin of error of international football.
When asked if distribution with his feet was an aspect he needed to improve after the match, after he also got his pocket taken out in the Paris Saint-Germain Champions League exit, the 23-year-old answered angrily.
“When did it happen before? When I was sent off against Real Madrid? If we want to create disagreement about these things, then that’s fine, Donnarumma told RAI Sport.” I’m here to speak for the team. If you want to blame me, fine, I’m taking the blame, I’m the captain, and I’ll continue with my head raised.
“I think you’re all trying to create something about these mistakes, fine.
“We are angry. There are no excuses, we have to go back out there and prove that it is not us. There are simply no excuses.”
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Azzurri are in third place in Group A3 after two draws and one win in their first three matches, but after their loss in the UEFA / CONMEBOL Finalissima, Tuesday’s defeat represents a return to the start.
Donnarumma suggested that fatigue at the end of the season had been a contributing factor, but it had not been primarily in Italy’s performance in Germany.
“We were missing everything tonight,” he said. “There was also some fatigue after four games in 15 days at the end of the season, but we do not want to seek an alibi. Now we want to face each other and analyze everything.
“We are really disappointed on behalf of the fans, for what they saw tonight. We had a few chances, but it is not good enough. We analyze everything and start again.
“We all made mistakes. I could have handled the situation better at 4-0 and kicked it away, but you learn from mistakes and grow. Now we just have to rest and come back much stronger than this.”