Sunday March 24 2013
Mangia: 'Ukraine test Azzurrini'

Devis Mangia demands “improvements” as Italy go into their final pre-European Under-21 Championship friendly against Ukraine tomorrow.

The Azzurrini are in Group A for the June tournament along with England, Norway and hosts Israel.

“Motivation is key and Ukraine are coming into this friendly with new players eager to prove themselves,” warned Coach Mangia.

“This will be another test for us to understand that the difference is always in the way you approach a game.

“We need to have our own identity and idea of football that makes whoever we are facing irrelevant.”

Having beaten Russia 2-0 on Friday, Italy now welcome Ukraine to Bassano del Grappa at 17.30 GMT tomorrow.

“At most I will make three or four changes from the side that took on Russia, as I don’t want to modify the squad too much to begin with.

“We are working to find some alternatives for certain roles within this group and I have to say that at this stage of the process all the players have what it takes to make the most of their chances,” continued Mangia.

“Against Russia we started strong, then allowed our opponents a little too much. We must always focus on the areas that need improving. Obviously we will always be able to improve and I’d be worried if we reached the point of thinking we were too good to push harder.”

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