Friday September 7 2018
Petrachi: 'Mancini snubbed Italians'

Torino director Gianluca Petrachi pointed out Roberto Mancini can’t complain about club Coaches using foreign talent. “His Inter had no Italians.”

Mancini makes his competitive debut as Italy Coach this evening against Poland in the UEFA Nations League.

In the build-up to the game, he complained in several interviews that not enough local players are being used in Serie A, with tacticians preferring imported figures.

“He should’ve thought about that earlier, seeing as his Inter had no Italians at all,” pointed out Torino director of sport Petrachi on RMC Sport.

“We should remember what happened in the past. The Italian system is broken down, there need to be rules made and above all respected.

“It got worse and worse over the years, now there are too many politicians in charge of Calcio and not enough who know about football. If you don’t make sure the rules are respected, our sport will not have a bright future.”

The FIGC has taken one step towards encouraging homegrown talent by launching B-Teams that can play in the third division, but the Lega Pro/Serie C officials are trying to block it.

“I am not convinced by this idea either. It needs to be planned out well to ensure players grow in other competitive leagues. Right now, Lega Pro clubs are disappearing because nobody is helping them, instead we are handing spots to clubs who already earn a lot of money.”

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