“It takes time, we don’t invent the players and we know we will have to suffer. Repechage at the World Cup? I just said that if they call us, we’ll go.”
On the eve of the challenge of Nations League against the Germany, Roberto Mancini takes stock of Italy and indicates the way forward to rediscover certainties and results. “The victory of the European Championship is part of those magic that belong to that type of tournament – he explained -. Now we have to go back and find that magic again“. “It takes time, we don’t make up the players and we know we will have to suffer – he added -. Argentina was better off than us, they had fresher players and maybe it’s the first match in three and a half years where we have a team that has put us down. ” “The restart is from now on: this does not mean that there is not today and there will not be in the future, on the contrary – concluded the Italian coach -. However the new cycle starts tomorrow“.
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“I have always felt the confidence, I have never had problems even if in football when you win everything is perfect, when you lose you have everyone against, but it is normal – he continued -. Now we have to slowly rebuild “.” Against Argentina we paid for the loss of players, one after the other – added the Italian coach, talking about the Grand Final -. We weren’t such a huge group and the injuries affected us “.”Repechage in the World Cup? I just said that if they catch us up, let’s go … – has continued -. But I don’t know the reasons, I haven’t talked about possibilities “.” These are things that have been seen a few times, but I only said that if they catch up on us we will go there – he specified again -. If they catch us up, for a reason I don’t know what it is, I said we go there since we are the best team in the ranking among the unqualified “.
Then some considerations on the blue revolution and on what will happen from now on in the national team. “A totally different team than Argentina? Yes, even 20 out of 20 players – Mancini explained -. Many have left, even physically they needed to recover and were not in the conditions to play four games. “” I would also have created problems for them for September, they need to recover, they have given too much in these two years and they deserved some physical recovery – has continued -. Zaccagni And Lazzari away from the retreat? A surprise for me too. It seemed to me that they were fine, but they told me yesterday they had problems and we sent them home. “
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As for the Nations League then the blue coach has clear ideas and shows optimism. “We face the two strongest teams of the moment, Germany And England – has explained -. They are really among the best: they have great players and by changing a lot we take a lot of risks. These are matches that, should they go well in terms of play, could be a good start “.” For me Italy-Germany is the challenge of 1982, I was a boy and on the list of 40 who could go to the World Cup, even though I was so young – he continued -. Then it is clear there was that of 2006, but for me as an age the memory is that “.” Against the Germany the most important thing will be to defend well and attack better – he continued analyzing the match scheduled for Saturday -. We face one of the strongest teams, with Brazil, Argentina, France … He is technical, very fast when he counterattacks, he comes to press. Complete and 100% mature, she will be among the favorites to win the World Cup in Qatar “.”We must all defend together and attack and press as we did for three and a half years – he added -. We did it for three and a half years with players who didn’t seem able to do it, yet they did. “
Then some information on strategy for the future. “Now we have called those who are physically there too, several of them have been playing in Serie A for some time, some have not, but they are in a position to be able to play these games – said Mancini -. The common thread is the same: looking for players with quality, speedwho will not be like Verratti and Jorginho who played in certain teams and therefore it will take a little longer“.” If we could give some minutes to these guys who have never played for the national team, and see them integrated well, it would be better – he added -. Then in March maybe we will also find some of those who are not available today “.
As for the difficulty in attack, Mancini does not hide. “This worries us, of course it worries us – he explained -. In football to win you have to score and you have to find strikers who are not in Italy at the moment.” “If the only two are still Belotti And Property, and the only one who scored in Serie A is Scamacca and he doesn’t have an international match, we are worried – he continued -. The hope is that those in Serie B will be able to reach Serie A quickly, play and score “.
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