Inter midfielder Nicolo Barella has received praised for his performance in Italy’s 3-0 win against Group B rivals Switzerland yesterday.
In the player ratings for the match published by Milan-based newspaper Corriere della Sera, the Nerazzurri midfielder was praised for his energy and effort.
The Azzurri achieved an impressive win over their rivals, with the Swiss looking unable to stop the Italians from maintaining a high tempo of attacks.
Barella’s performance played an important role in manager Roberto Mancini’s tactical plan, with the midfielder putting the Swiss under pressure and working hard to assert a physical presence in midfield.
The 24-year-old was expected to play a major role for the national team at this summer’s tournament, and so far has played every minute of both of the Azzurri’s games apart from having been removed in the 87th minute last night.
Giving the player a score of 7, Corriere della Sera had this to say about his efforts:
“His father, an appliance salesman, must have kept the motor of some washing machine for him. After losing his first duel with Xhaka he immediately increased his energy, centrifuge-style. He also assisted the goal for 2-0.”