Bonucci Wants Another Euro 2016 Win Over Spain

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Leonardo Bonucci is charging his team to garner motivation from the Euro 2016 win over Spain, as they prepare to play them in the WC qualifier.

Del Bosque was in charge, when Spain tried to claim a third consecutive Euro trophy, only for Conte’s Italy to eliminate them in the last 16.

Both teams have changed coaches since then, but Bonucci admits he gets a thrill when he remembers the 2-0 win at France.

“When I think about Paris, I get excited,” he said at a news conference.

“Those memories really pump me up because we put one of the strongest national teams in the world to the sword, although in that very moment they weren’t at their best physically.

“I really hope to transmit this feeling to the team and that many of my team-mates who were in Paris that afternoon will feel the same.

“If so, it will mean that we will take the pitch with the right awareness, the right humbleness and the right willingness.”

Bonucci did concede that changes at the helm would make this a very different fixture to last time, though.

“We will face a different Spanish side from the one we faced at the Euros,” he said.

“They will have new motivation because of the new coach and they will also have different mental and physical conditions.

“They will be eager to redeem themselves after losing at the Euros, hence we will need to do something more than what we did in Israel [a 3-1 win] because we play against one of the best national teams in the world.”



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