Italy goes down 2-5 against Germany, goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma quarreled with a TV reporter after the Nations League defeat.
Mönchengladbach – The German knot has burst, but Italy’s sting is deep! After four consecutive draws, the DFB-Elf finally won again and impressively prevailed against the European champions in the Nations League. After a temporary 5:0 lead, it was 5:2 after two late consolation goals. Of course, the proud Italian soul was not really saved by the resulting cosmetics.
Goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, who repeatedly allowed himself to be uncertain and initiated Timo Werner’s second goal with a bad bad pass (69th), answered questions in a TV interview after the embarrassing bankruptcy. His collar burst.
Germany dissects Italy: Goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma takes on a TV reporter
At first, the Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper was still calm in conversation with Rai journalist Tiziana Alla. He recalled that the Squadra Azzurra was visibly tired in the fifth game in two weeks. “But let’s not make excuses. We’re sorry for the fans that they had to see this. It doesn’t work that way,” he said.
When Alla then asked him that he was also responsible for Werner’s 5-0 lead and that he had been unsure of himself more often, Donnarumma promptly interjected: “When did that happen to me? If you want to be polemical, you should be polemical,” snapped the goalkeeper. “There is no one to blame, just the team. If you want to blame me for the mistake, then do it, no problem.” Finally, the 23-year-old finished with an annoyed look: “I think that because of these mistakes you all want to construct something. Well. I’m the captain, I take the blame, I take the responsibility.”
Gianluigi Donnarumma: career riddled with records so far
Donnarumma was once considered the new goalkeeper god, has already been elevated to the new Gianluigi Buffon. At 16 years and eight months he made his first goal for AC Milan, becoming the youngest keeper ever to start in Serie A. From then on he established himself as the new number one, and at the age of 17 he made his debut in the Italian national team.
Of course, that was a new record as well, making Donnarumma the youngest player for the Azzurri in 105 years. The European Championship with Italy followed in 2021, on the way to the title the goalkeeper broke an almost 40-year-old Italy record and remained without a goal for a total of 1168 minutes.
Gianluigi Donnarumma: He has competition at Paris Saint-Germain
In the summer of 2021, Donnarumma then moved to Paris Saint-Germain, but from then on he was no longer the undisputed first-choice goalkeeper. The now 23-year-old played 24 of 50 possible competitive games for Paris last season and had to share the job with Keylor Navas, who stood between the posts for the remaining games. And now? The former child prodigy has to get behind him five times against Germany and is under pressure from the media (press comments on the debacle against the DFB-Elf). In addition, after missing the World Cup qualification in Italy, the Squadra Azzurra are already hard on the court. It’s good for Donnarumma that after a strenuous season it’s time for a holiday. (acl)