FLORENCE – “Spinazzola called me and told me he doesn’t feel great, he needs to work two weeks and I left him at home. I left the others at home because they are two games, I didn’t want to call a lot of them. Several good ones stayed at home, but I thought it was right as they are playing so many races. Verratti can’t do it, took a hit. Tonali I think it’s not a big problem, Pellegrini we evaluate it between today and tomorrow while Politano is doing quite well. Who in Verratti’s place? We will probably call Frattesi“. The coach of the Italian national team Roberto Mancini spoke at the press conference after the withdrawal in Coverciano, where the Azzurri will begin to prepare the Nations League matches against England and Hungary.
Mancini on Juventus players
“In what conditions did I find the Juventus players? We have two Juventus players, Bonucci is an expert and i dont think it will have problems e Gatti is really happy to be here“.
Mancini on Italy’s commitments in the Nations League
“The result will be important, this is a group where it can still happen to everyone. We have to try to win both games to try to finish first. Then, along with the more experienced players, there are also some of the youngsters called up in June. If you do, you can do everything … I believe that you have to try to always have the same personality when playing, this is the most important thing. Then I don’t think the system can vary many situations, we have players who play 3-5-2 in the clubs in many cases but are multipurpose players. The priority must be to play well. The 3-5-2? I do not reject this hypothesis a priori, but there must be a reason to change form. My fear is that by changing form the team stretches a bit, we are not physically strong and we need to dribble. But it is not to be discarded …“.
Mancini on foreign strikers in A: “There is only Property”
“Lots of foreign strikers in Serie A? It is certainly anomalous, unfortunately the big teams have had many foreign strikers for some time. The only one that has been there for some time is Immobile: let’s hope it’s not an irreversible process and that 2-3 strikers will soon come out and give the national team a future. It is not a very small problem“.
Mancini on Mazzocchi and the other rookies
“About the goalkeepers I say that I wanted to evaluate them, we want to evaluate them and see them. We have so many right now. Mazzocchi is not a kid, but he is doing very well and we are pleased to see them live“.
Mancini on the knockout with Germany
“It is never a pleasure to lose 5-2, but there were good things in that race too. Sometimes you also need games like this to see where to improve, we were in the fifth game at the end of a season and we struggled a bit, but I think the game helped us, especially for the younger players who have had experience. In the first games of the Nations League, given the situation and the absence of the European Championships, we did well with five points“.
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Mancini on Scamacca
“We play against a team that is physically strong enough … Scamacca went to a difficult league and it will take some time to understand English football. 3-4-5 months it will take him to understand and play in the Premier League, time is on his side and I think the league can help him“..
Mancini on Napoli
“Why so many players called up for Napoli? It is a team that has some Italians more than the others, 3 have been here for a long time but also Politano has always been part of the project. Raspadori is a player who can play both roles, the half-point and the striker, the fact that he plays in the Champions League is good for him. Milan-Naples? I saw several games at the beginning of the season, some very intense. There are good matches, others a little less, but I think this happens in all leagues. Milan-Napoli was great, but I don’t think it brings us close to the English championship because they are all like this in the Premier League, even the last against the penultimate“.CopyAMP code
Mancini on Udinese
“Udinese is a team with few Italians, but they play well, they are physical, has great quality players and is up there with merit right now. We must improve in all aspects, we must have more enthusiasm because clearly we are not in a very happy moment and go back to have a little fun“.
Mancini: “Italy must regain enthusiasm”
“It won’t be easy until December. The players have the clubs, but it will be very difficult for us. However, as I said before, we must find enthusiasm and that boost must be given to us by the fact that we have won the European championship. We have to start from this. Since we started 4 years ago, the Italian players have decreased, but we cannot do anything more than what he is doing. We also call those who are in Serie B, we have some difficulties but we have to go our own way“.
Mancini on Italians abroad
“Going to play abroad can help you, the hope is that they can also play many games. Miretti two years ago was in the Under 23, now a starter in Juventus. Sure, he can help. Who plays in MLS is out of the national team? No, no one is left out. Insigne probably would have comebut had a very serious family problem. If I have seen Balotelli’s video staggering? No, I have not seen him. Who in life has never staggered? Honestly, I haven’t seen it“.
Mancini on the tragedy that hit the Marche
“I was right there, I’ve never seen it rain so much. The disaster happened 10 kilometers from my house, it shouldn’t happen anymore but we always say it later … We should fix things first. I really have a great regret“.
Mancini and the possibility of voting for the elections
“We can’t do anything on the spot … Now let’s first think about winning against England: then whoever is on the spot will probably go and on Sunday morning whoever wants to go can goI think it is also right“.
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