Sunday September 8 2019
Mancini: 'Created own problems'

Roberto Mancini was irritated at Italy “creating our own problems” in a 2-1 victory away to Finland, but appreciated the performance.

The Azzurri won their seventh game in a row, including all six in the Euro 2020 group, with Ciro Immobile and a Jorginho penalty.

“There was a little bit of suffering, but we created it ourselves. We were dominating the game and gave away the ball cheaply. The lads did very well overall, although we had a few scares when it was 1-1,” the CT told Rai Sport.

“We must try to improve, these games are tough and make us get stronger. It’s very positive to dominate away from home when making five changes from the last match, so we have a lot of talent to draw from.”

Teemu Pukki earned and converted a penalty to temporary equalise after a Stefano Sensi foul.

“Our intention is to always attack. Naturally, that means you’re going to allow a few chances. We gave away the penalty on a ball that we shouldn’t have misplaced, so they put some pressure on, but we got back in front, had several more scoring opportunities, so it was a good performance.”

Italy have a 100 per cent record and are now six points clear of Finland in second place in Group J.

“The next match could be the one that secures qualification and we hope the Stadio Olimpico will be full, just as it was at Italia 90 when we were young!”

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