NEWS
Monday May 20 2019
Mancini: 'Allegri's time was up'

Roberto Mancini believes Max Allegri’s time at Juventus had run its course, while Napoli “play the best football” in Serie A and Italy want to do well in Euro 2020.

The Italian National team tactician spoke at the Italian Football Hall of Fame Awards being held in Florence.

“I believe Allegri’s cycle at Juventus had come to an end. Some teams abroad keep their Coaches for a lifetime, but today you rarely see that happening anymore and spending five years at a club is a long time, even if you’re winning,” Mancini told Tuttomercatoweb.

It’s reported Juve decided to move on from Allegri because his style of football was too negative, especially in the Champions League.

“I think Napoli always try to play good football and you could say that they play the best in Serie A, but whoever wins the Scudetto is automatically the best and most deserving of the accolades.

“It’s an all-English Champions League and Europa League Final, but they have the economic advantage of having larger revenues than everyone else. Also, some big teams were eliminated early, some of which might have been better than the ones that reached the finals.”

The Azzurri have two qualification matches coming up, away to Greece on June 8 and at home to Bosnia & Herzegovina on the June 11.

“I think it was a good season in Serie A from a national team Coach’s point of view. A lot of young Italians got their chance to play continuously after a slow start and some youngsters came out of nowhere to make a name for themselves.

“Italy has always had good players, and sometimes we have gone to tournaments as underdogs and ended up winning. We are not the favourites for Euro 2020, but we have a good team that wants to do well.

“Mario Balotelli and Andrea Belotti did a lot better in the second half of the season and that was an encouraging sign. The more players that we have to select from the better, having options is very important.”

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