Wednesday December 16 2020
Mancini was sure he could bring Italy back

Italy CT Roberto Mancini said he ‘knew’ the players where there to help him relaunch the Azzurri. ‘I just had to look for them’.

Mancini has transformed Italy, including a run of all 10 wins in the Euro 2020 qualifying, and the coach seems ambitious ahead of the European Championship next summer.

“I see enthusiasm, friendships, respect and cohesion,” Mancini told Il Tirreno. “I’m working on a technical and character basis.

“I immediately found a good understanding. They follow me and there’s enthusiasm for the work that I propose.”

Mancini said people wondered if he was forced to take the job as Italy CT, but he claimed he ‘knew he would find players’ capable of getting the country back in shape.

“When I accepted the job of being the coach, many asked me: ‘But who makes you do it?’.

“It seemed like there was no return from the elimination from the World Cup in Russia. But our football couldn’t be over.

“I knew I would find players, I just had to look for them.”