Sunday November 18 2018
Mancini: 'See young talent in action'

Roberto Mancini wants to “see young players in action” against the USA, as Italy are “trying to renovate the Nazionale with a different approach.”

The 0-0 draw with Portugal at San Siro last night means the Nations League campaign is over, but they have a friendly against the USA on Tuesday in Genk.

“We are a little unlucky in some situations, but the team is proving that it can compete at any level in the future and we can only get stronger from here,” the CT told Rai programme Che Tempo Che Fa.

“It was pleasing to see the response from the fans, as being able to recreate the joy for this Nazionale is the best and most important thing we can achieve.

“We are managing that because the lads are playing some really good football. Of course, there’s a long way to go and we are working, trying to renovate the Nazionale with young players and a different tactical approach.”

Italy are expected to start Sandro Tonali on Tuesday, but the 18-year-old Brescia midfielder could also be joined off the bench by Roma teen Nicolò Zaniolo, Atalanta defender Gianluca Mancini and Juventus striker Moise Kean.

“We need to get to know them better, to see them in action,” continued Mancini.

“Hopefully, many young players will get a chance to feature, as that’ll mean we’ve got a bright future ahead of us. I think there are many talented players out there, they just need to gain some experience.”