|The head coach thinks that Dzsudzsák also deserves the farewell celebration that Szalai has received (Photo: Miklós Szabó)|
"The Hungarian fans showed tonight that they have a lot of respect and are very civilized, but that doesn't surprise me anymore. I've seen a lot of things in football, but the atmosphere we breathe in at Hungarian national team matches is unique. That's why it would've been nice if we could have gifted Ádám Szalai another miracle. But I believe that this match, the way the fans celebrated him, will always be in his heart," Marco Rossi said at his press conference about the 2-0 loss to Italy in the NL and Ádám Szalai's farewell.
"As I said before, the only way to win in games like this, against opponents of this level, is for us to play flawlessly while the opponent makes mistakes and doesn't play at its best. Today, unfortunately, we had mistakes, and we were not lucky either because Donnarumma had a great day, he is a goalkeeper for PSG for a reason," he added, and then went on to talk about the mistake that preceded the first goal.
"We must improve in reading the game. Before the first goal, we shouldn't have played the ball short but should have looked for Ádám Szalai with a long ball. In the first half, our game reading was poor. It was also difficult to communicate in this atmosphere. But we are always together, even when we play well, and even when we don't. There is always one person responsible for defeat: it's the coach. I'm proud of the guys. Italy often found itself in difficult situations against us. Congratulations to the guys for the great performance in the NL."
After the match against Italy, the head coach then confirmed to Nemzeti Sport our earlier report that Balázs Dzsudzsák will say goodbye to the national team after playing against Greece.
"Today, the fans showed how much they appreciate the players who fight for the national colors. I think it will be the same against Greece because I would like Balázs Dzsudzsák to get the recognition he deserves, just like Ádám Szalai. I can confirm that the game against Greece will be Dzsudzsák's farewell match," said Rossi, who added that Szalai is a true leader to whom the team owes a lot because he has always done everything for the national colors, his teammates, and the success of the national team.
Rossi also spoke about the foul against Martin Ádám which he thinks was committed in the penalty area. He also joked that he is not the person in charge of his social media. Therefore, the ominous post on his Facebook page after the draw that they were in an easy group was not made by him, but by his nephew. He then went on to stress that if he is not sacked, he would like to stay until the end of his contract in 2025. Because although he only knows the Hungarian national anthem in Hungarian, he is very fond of the country.
Dzsudzsák, who has 108 caps, will play for the Hungarian national team again on November 20 in a preparation game against Greece. This will make him the only player to say farewell to the national team as the record holder, ahead of Gábor Király.
LEAGUE A, GROUP 3
HUNGARY-ITALY 0–2 (0–1)
Budapest, Puskás Aréna, 67 000 spectators. Referee: Bastien (France)
HUNGARY: Gulácsi – Lang, W. Orbán, A. Szalai – Fiola, Á. Nagy (Styles, after break), Schäfer, Kerkez (Gazdag, 57.) – Négo (Bolla, 75.), Szoboszlai (Kleinheisler, 85.) – Á. Szalai (Ádám, 75.). Head coach: Marco Rossi
ITALY: G. Donnarumma – Tolói, Bonucci, Acerbi (Bastoni, after the break) – Di Lorenzo (Mazzocchi, 90.), Barella, Jorginho (Pobega, 72.), Cristante, Dimarco – Raspadori (Scamacca, 72.), Gnonto (Gabbiadini, 66.). Head coach: Roberto Mancini
Goal scorers: Raspadori (27.), Dimarco (52.)
Translated by Vanda Orosz.