Roberto Mancini hopes Italy can “continue like this” into Euro 2020 after a 9-1 victory over Armenia. “You don’t score nine in an international nowadays.”
The Azzurri secured their 100 per cent qualifying record in Group J, winning all 10 matches with a goal difference of +33.
“It was a lovely evening, the last game in qualifying and we did it well. You don’t score nine goals in an international match nowadays, we gave our all to achieve that,” the CT told Rai Sport.
“The records only count when we have won silverware.”
Nicolò Zaniolo got a brace, while Riccardo Orsolini and Federico Chiesa also scored their first Italy goals.
“These are all young lads who are improving game by game. Playing at international level brings experience, they’ve got the quality, it’s just a matter of time.
“We’ll see what happens at Euro 2020. We’d never won all 10 games in a qualifying group, we’ve got six months to prepare for the championship and unfortunately I will have to leave some behind, as I can only bring 23 players.
“If we can continue like this, that would be great!”
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