Italy midfield star Nicolo Barella has paid Spain a major compliment ahead of their Euro 2020 semi final showdown on July 6.
Barella has played a central role in the Azzurri’s march to the last four, with the Inter Milan schemer starting four of their five games in the competition, and netting a key goal against Belgium in the quarter finals.
However, despite continuing his rapid rise so far at Euro 2020, the 24-year-old is clear who his mentors have been in the formative years of his career.
“Spain had great champions who inspired us all, such as Xavi and Iniesta”, as per reports from Marca.
“It is easy to say they inspired us (midfielders), but they inspired all those who love football.
“I have different characteristics to my game, but I have great respect for them.
Barella is expected to keep his starting place in Roberto Mancini’s midfield against Spain at Wembley, with the former Manchester City boss appearing to be settled on a central trio of Barella, Marco Verratti and Jorginho.
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