The coach in view of tomorrow’s match in Albania and that of Sunday in Austria: “We will be able to evaluate who we don’t know very well yet”.
“Even if they are two friendlies, these are two important matches for us, to try out some new, young players, we will evaluate those players we don’t know very well yet.” Forced to act as a spectator in Qatar, Italy will close its 2022 with tests against Albania, tomorrow in Tirana, and Austria, Sunday in Vienna. Two matches that will offer coach Roberto Mancini the chance to expand the group also in view of March, when the qualifiers for the 2024 European Championships will start. Macedonia and England are also in the Azzurri’s group.
“Fate is like this – comments the coach to the official microphones of the FIGC recalling the last precedents with the two national teams in question – The one against Macedonia was an absurd match, which I believe happens once every 100 years and unfortunately it happened to us. It’s quite a tough group but there aren’t any easy groups, we’ll have England straight away and then we’ll see, but there’ll be a fight.” Meanwhile Mancini is preparing to cross the finish line of 56 benches in blue, equaling Lippi and Prandelli: Vittorio Pozzo (95) and Enzo Bearzot (88) remain ahead. “I’m pleased to join Marcello, who was a great coach, and Cesare. We hope to do more even if it’s quite a long time to get to those two.”
November 15th – 6.48pm
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