Sunday December 2 2018
Mancini: 'Italy back where we belong'

Italy Coach Roberto Mancini admits they got “a good draw” in the qualifying for Euro 2020. “We’ve got to get back to where we belong.”

The Azzurri have been placed in Group J with Bosnia & Herzegovina, Finland, Greece, Armenia and Liechtenstein.

“It’s a good draw,” Mancini told Sky Sport Italia.

“Once we avoided Germany, any team we drew would be fine. We have to qualify and remember all games must be played and won so we climb the FIFA ranking and go into the next World Cup draw in a stronger position.

“Our history is something else, not that of a side that missed out on the 2018 World Cup, even if these things can happen. We have always fought for the pinnacle of the spot, we won four World Cups and a European Championship.

“That is our history and we’ve got to get back to where we belong. It might take a little while, but we are improving. The lads are playing well and on the right track.

“We have overcome a difficult moment and it’s right to say it was a rebirth. Italian players have talent and we can do far better. These months are going to be the most difficult, as I won’t get to see the players until March, so can only hope they stay in form at club level.

“We are also tracking other young players to build for the future, then we’ll start seriously knuckling down to the task of winning silverware as soon as possible.

“The important thing is to play good football, as that will give us a better chance of qualification.”

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