Friday December 20 2019
Mancini: 'Florenzi Euro 2020 certainty'

Italy coach Roberto Mancini confirms Alessandro Florenzi and Federico Bernardeschi will be going to Euro 2020, whilst Mario Balotelli “needs to do more."

Roma full-back Florenzi and Juventus creative midfielder Bernardeschi have struggled with their club sides in recent months, but Mancini has no doubts.

“I don’t know if they will move in January, for me it’s difficult to say, but I can say that for the national team they have always played well, and for us they are two certainties,” the CT told Tuttomercatoweb.

Balotelli has endured a difficult start to the season at Brescia, and Mancini is not convinced by his Euro 2020 credentials.

“Things have gone a little better recently, but he needs to give more. Now we have Ciro Immobile and Andrea Belotti that have always played well.”

The Azzurri boss is in Riyadh for the Italian Super Cup to be played between Juventus and Lazio on Sunday.

“It will be a great game. The fact that they met two weeks ago can make it a case of revenge for Juve," he said, referring to Lazio's 3-1 Serie A victory.

“Ronaldo and Immobile are the principal gladiators of the two teams, but I think that they are both in form and it will be a great challenge between all 22 players, and not only two.”

Mancini’s Azzurri qualified for Euro 2020 with a 100% record, including a 9-1 win against Armenia, but believes there needs to be more Italians playing in Serie A.

“It’s the hope for every national team coach to have many players available. At the moment there aren’t enough, the percentage is quite low.

“We have found a good team base anyway, we’ve got many players to call, but the hope for the future is this.”

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