The national team coach: “England are strong physically and in their minds, but the little ones often win …”
FROM THE ENROLLMENT TO LONDON. The highest point has come. Tall, very high because in the blue final at Wembley there is, in part, the redemption of a career: Roberto Mancini played in the national team, but did not win even though he stole the show with his teammates at the time. «What does the challenge to England represent for me? A very important moment: I hope to take those satisfactions that I missed as a football player, both with the Under 21 jersey at the European Championships and at the 1990 World Cup, those of the magical nights that we deserved to win, but it wasn’t like that … ».
Mancio conveys serenity. And it has been doing it since the blue journey to Euro 2020 began. «The boys – he says – have given everything, if not more. And I ask the boys to have fun for the last 90 ‘before saying goodbye: funny is the adjective I use when they ask me about this group and, now, I also add substantial because we have gone through difficult, very difficult moments without ever losing our bearings ». England is strong: physically and in the head. «Yes, but the little ones often win …», smiles the coach of the 33 straight races without defeat, our record and 180 ‘from the world record that belongs to Spain with 35. «I’m excited, it’s true. But more than excited, curious to experience something I’ve never experienced. We are talking about a football match, let’s never forget it… ».
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