Friday November 15 2019
Mancini: 'Mustn't stress Italy players'

Italy CT Roberto Mancini discussed Nicolò Zaniolo's position and why he won't "stress" players with extra get-togethers in the build-up to Euro 2020.

Mancini was speaking to Radio Rai ahead of Italy's two qualifying games against Bosnia-Herzegovina and Armenia, and revealed that he wasn't sure about where to play Roma's Zaniolo in Zenica this evening.

He usually plays as part of a supporting trio behind a lone striker for Roma, but Mancini seems to see Zaniolo in a midfield trio.

"The doubt arises only from the fact that lately, Zaniolo is playing away from the attack, or from midfield, and not from an inside forward position."

Mancini then affirmed that there will be no Italy gatherings in the New Year, known as stages, an issue that was controversial under former Italy coach Antonio Conte.

"I hope to have all the lads available, but I will not ask the clubs for gatherings at Coverciano in February or in the spring. They would fall on a Monday or Tuesday and it would only add further stress to an already heavy schedule for the players."

Italy have already qualified for Euro 2020, winning eight games from eight.

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