Marchisio has been outstanding for club and country this season.
“I am moved at the comparison with Tardelli,” said Marchisio.
“He was one of the greats of Italian football. I hope to have a career where one day someone can say ‘that lad is the new Marchisio.’
“We stepped on to the field in Belgrade and told each other we’d play without fear. I was so concentrated that I didn’t even hear the crowd jeer the Italian anthem.”