Monday May 3 2021
Mancini: 'Inter deserved Scudetto'

Roberto Mancini says Inter ‘deserved’ the Scudetto and hopes Italy can do like the Nerazzurri and ‘return to victory after so many years’ in Euro 2020.

Antonio Conte’s men picked up the first Scudetto since 2009-10 last weekend and the Italy CT said the Beneamata showed ‘an impressive change of pace’ in 2021.

“Inter deserved the Scudetto,” Mancini told Rai TG Parlamento. “Inter have a big gap to second and in 2021 they had an impressive change of pace.

“Antonio Conte manages to make the players perform at their best and in such a long championship, that’s an important quality.”

Italy internationals Nicolò Barella and Alessandro Bastoni have taken huge steps with Conte at the helm.

“It’s essential to give space to young players,” Mancini said. “If they have qualities, it comes out.”

Matteo Darmian has been decisive in recent weeks, but Mancini hinted he might not get called up for Euro 2020.

“He had a very good championship, but unfortunately we cannot bring more than 26 players,” Mancini said.

“Many good players will have to stay at home, and this is a great disappointment.”

The Italy CT hopes his squad will repeat the feat of Inter, who won their first Scudetto in 11 years.

“I hope that the history of Inter, the return to victory after so many years, can be repeated for Italy in the next European Championship,” Mancini said.

“It’s clear that we must do things well and leave nothing to chance.”