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Florenzi on the Valencia-Atalanta match: “I’m not sure it should have been played.”

In an interview with Sky Sport Italy, on-loan Valencia fullback Alessandro Florenzi discussed the now-infamous Valencia-Atalanta Champions League fixture and its role in the development of the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as his own experience playing abroad.

“I’m sure that game [Atalanta-Valencia] helped the spread of the virus. Then the return leg was surreal, I’m not sure it should have been played.”

“I’m wasn’t sure when I would do it, but I was always interested in playing abroad. The decision was taken with Fonseca, and even Mancini pushed me to do it when the opportunity arrived. Saying goodbye at Trigoria [Roma training ground] was a difficult, though. I’ve always made decisions from the heart, be it when I turned down Inter and Juventus, to when I decided to leave.”

“Fonseca is one of the best managers I’ve had. It’s just that he didn’t like me in that particular role, but with me he’s always been very frank.”

“For now I want to give it my all here in Valencia, then we’ll see if I go back to Roma. The virus has taught me to live from day to day, to appreciate every moment of the present.”

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