Sunday October 14 2018
Mancini: Italy 'dominated' Poland

Roberto Mancini insists Italy ‘dominated’ Poland on Sunday as a 0-0 draw ‘would’ve been unfair’.

Cristiano Biraghi’s last-gasp winner kept Italy’s Nations League hopes alive and relegated Poland to League B, but Mancini felt his side should have put the game to bed sooner.

“We dominated, we had to score earlier and it would’ve been unfair if the game ended 0-0,” the CT told Rai Sport after the match.

“All the lads tried to do their best. We know it takes time, but this victory is an excellent one. We can improve a lot but patience is needed.

“Football is like this: you suddenly score a goal at the death, one which you deserved, but the game could’ve also finished 0-0, like it was for some time.

“There wasn’t much to change: the lads are playing very well. I only put players on to freshen things up.

“I put on Lasagna because he’s athletic like Immobile but better with his head and we needed a few more inches.

“A new cycle has already begun, there aren’t such things as wizards. Tomorrow we’ll go with pride to see the President of the Republic.”