De Rossi: Italy Were Underestimated Before Euro

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Italy midfielder Danielle De Rossi believes they were underestimated going into the Euros in France.

Conte’s men shocked favourites Belgium in a 2-0 win thanks to goals from Giaccherini and Pelle.

And De Rossi believes their unprecedented victory was not expected.

“This victory says that we’re a good side,” he said. “Beforehand, people were speaking about a lot of other sides and maybe we were underestimated. But now, that will be less so.”

Italy’s defence earned most of the plaudits after the victory as they managed to hold out heavy Belgium pressure, particularly in the second half.

De Rossi felt Italy deserved their win but warned them against complacency ahead of Friday’s clash against Sweden.

“It’s always good to start well and surprise people,” he said.

“We played against a team of great quality, but we worked hard and, in my opinion, were more organised.

“We have great respect for Sweden. We’ll have maximum concentration for that game, particularly as they have [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic.”



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