Mourinho says Italy still suffer from injury blow despite having Chelsea player as replacement

Jose Mourinho insisted Leonardo Spinazzola’s injury is a big blow to the Italian national team despite their having Chelsea star Emerson Palmieri as an “experienced” backup.

Spinazolla ruptured his Achilles tendon in Italy’s 2-1 win over Belgium in the quarter-final.

It is a shame that the 28-year-old, who has arguably been one of the players of the tournament so far, will likely be out for the next six months.

Mourinho understandably rues the unfortunate injury, since he could be without the defender for at least the first half of the season at Roma.

The former Chelsea boss believes Italy will now have to rely on Emerson.

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“Awful for them [Italy], imagine for me,” Mourinho told talkSPORT about Spinazzola’s injury blow.

“But thinking about the Euro, I think they [Italy] lose a very important player.

“Emerson is playing now. Of course, he didn’t play much at Chelsea, but he’s a good player, an experienced player.”

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The Portuguese still think it might have an impact on Italy, though, since their back four had been playing “so well” in the tournament.

Mourinho also praised the other Chelsea player in the Italian team, Jorginho, saying: “He gives stability to the team.”

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