Italy under 17, assault on Scotland in Cosenza. Cherubini captain: “We want to finish on a high note”


By John

One last effort. 90 more minutes in which the Cosenza public will be able to support the National Under 17 Women’s team. On Sunday, with kick-off at 11am and live on, Italy faces Scotland at the ‘San Vito-Gigi Marulla’ stadium to ensure the best possible position in Round 2 of the European Championship qualification. The first phase, for the moment, has given Jacopo Leandri’s team a victory (4-0 to Slovenia) and a defeat (4-3 against France), but above all many emotions, on and off the pitch. The Scottish obstacle remains, on a Sunday that will see the European champions France challenge Slovenia (again at 11am) at ‘Real Cosenza’.

Italy, against Scotland, will have to do without its captain Arianna Pieri who, after last Thursday’s sending off against Les Bleus, will be disqualified. The captain’s armband will therefore be on the arm of Maya Cherubiniwho has already had the honor of wearing it in the Under 16s. “A nice return and a great honor – admits Cherubini -. The climate is good, we are satisfied and happy with the performance against France and confident in being able to offer another great trial.

There is a mixture of pride for having played on equal terms against the European champions and regret for not having brought home the result, but football is also this.” Football is also enthusiasm, what Cosenza gave to the team and to the staff: “We are experiencing a magical, spectacular week. The public welcomed us very well and this gives us extra strength on the pitch. If there’s one thing I’ll take with me it’s the roar of the stadium after the goals against France: extraordinary.”

Maya, a midfielder who says she has idols Xavi and Modric and to be inspired by Kobe Bryant and LeBron James for their determination, he also has a “model” in the Roma first team: “Manuela Giugliano, she is very strong. Seeing her, or training with her on the occasions when it happened, I try to learn”. Cherubini, in the capital, attends the Sports Scientific High School and has played since she was a child: “The passion came from my father, he always put the ball at my feet”. And with the ball, Maya knows how to do it. TICKET OFFICE Entry to the ‘San Vito-Marulla’ for Scotland-Italy is free upon presentation of an entry ticket which can be downloaded from the following Vivaticket link.