Tuesday June 18 2013
Sacchi impressed by Italian U-21s

Devis Mangia and many of the present Italian Under-21 side have a bright future ahead of them, says Arrigo Sacchi.

The Azzurrini will face Spain in the Final of the European U-21 Championship this evening, a tournament which has satisfied the former Milan and Italy boss.

“Mangia has been doing a good job,” Sacchi, the Italian Football Federation’s youth sector co-ordinator, told

“He took over a good team from Ciro Ferrara a year ago and has managed to improve it step by step.

“This team has been playing really positive football. He is just a great Coach. I think he is one of the best-prepared Coaches in Italy.

“Do you see a bright future for many of this Azzurrini side? Yes, if they don't lose their modesty, their professionalism and their team ethic.

“Team ethic means that you stay faithful to those who take care of you – your club, your national team, your Coach.”

Italy have progressed to Jerusalem after wins against England and Israel in their group, which also saw them draw with Norway. They then beat Holland in the semi-finals.

“I like the quality of their football,” Sacchi added. “This team is full of interesting players, but more important is their professionalism and enthusiasm.

“I hope they don't lose that, because then they can achieve good results. This tournament is an extraordinary experience for them.” 

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