Ciro Immobile’s agent has become “furious” at the criticism the forward has received over his performance at Euro 2020 so far.
The Lazio striker scored two goals and assisted two goals in five matches with Italy so far, but he has not scored since the second round. As a result, he has come under increasing scrutiny for his seemingly underwhelming performance and attracting unwanted attention to his theatrical performance in the 2-1 quarter-final win over Belgium.
“I don’t even want to laugh about it because that’s pathetic!”
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But Immobile Agent, Alessandro Moggi, responded to the negative press his client has received recently, claiming that the 31-year-old is held to unfair standards compared to others who have worn the Italian shirt.
“I hear people talk about past strikers who have scored five Ciro goals throughout their careers, and I’m starting to find that really annoying,” He said wavy.
“Ciro Immobile has nothing to prove, he has already shown a lot throughout his career and objectively he is the most productive Italian striker in the last few years.
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So far, Immobile has scored 15 goals in 51 caps for the Azzurri, but his level at club level is even more impressive, as he won three Capacanonieri awards as the top scorer in Serie A. During his five seasons in his current tenure with Lazio, Immobile has scored no less than 150 goals in 219 matches in all competitions.
“It makes me angry, because if Immobile scores two goals in every match, it will be treated as the norm and nobody does much of it, but if for whatever reason he does not score the ball in the net, it becomes the main problem of the Italy squad. Moggi added: “ We’ve been reading this for years now.”
“Then I read that journalists are putting forward the names of strikers who have scored 30-40 goals in their entire career and yet they are being treated as the ones who can improve Italy’s performance, which suggests to me that some people have an ulterior motive. It really bothers me.”
Although Immobile can be frustrating when going deep into link play, Roberto Mancini put it to good use during the Euros as someone who runs behind the opponent’s defence, extending play and making room for others. This has been invaluable for giving the likes of Lorenzo Insigne and Federico Chiesa time to break into and attack in the middle.
Antonio Conte, the former head of Italy’s national team, has defended the “dirty job” of Immobile for Azzurri, dismissing the criticism as unjustified.
“I don’t agree with Immobile’s criticisms, he does a dirty job, he always annoys opposing defenders, attacks spaces. Regardless of goals, his teammates take advantage of his work”, He said Conti.
And on the idea of dropping Immobile for Sunday’s final, he added: “The idea of Italy’s false nine doesn’t seem right to me. Insigne doesn’t have these characteristics, he will be tarnished. We will find ourselves with few signs in the opponent’s area.”
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Earlier in the tournament, Immobile himself insisted he was feeling “confident” by his teammates and coaching staff and that he would try to erase his disappointing past with the national team to win the Euros.
“I feel like everyone trusts me, I’ve never felt this way,” he said He said Before Italy beat Belgium in the quarter-finals. “I should have scored more goals with the national team, but a win can undo the past and all the things that were said. I try to undo the past in Euros.
“The relationship with Mancini has improved and that’s important. I always try to do my best and [Gianluca] Viale helps me a lot as well.”