In an interview with Sassuolo midfielder Locatelli, he talked about topics related to his idol, Mancini and Varela.
"In Sassuolo, I was inspired by Peruso, Martelli and Maganelli, and inspired by their passion for work. In the Italian national team, Chiellini and Bonucci are me. I hope to learn from their winning mentality."
"I will always be grateful to Mancini, because he helped me realize my biggest dream since childhood. His secret is to work quietly and instill his ideas into the team. I will soon be fully prepared. And quickly found your own rhythm. Because when you are in a very peaceful team, you can perform better."
"I have a lot of intersections with him in the national team. This has been the case since U17. The relationship between us is very strong. We have players playing in the Premier League. We have also seen how many talented stars have emerged from the England national team. I thought: "Damn, we might be able to achieve what they did.""
"When we played side by side against the Netherlands, a new emotion emerged in our hearts. The next time we meet on the pitch, the Italian national team will be stronger. This is for both of us. It’s a great achievement."