The return of the Azzurri to Qatar 2022, Mancini: “We will give our best”
50 days have passed since the Azzurri won the title of European champions at Wembley, and now the national team that made Italy dream is leaving for a new race, that for the qualifying for the World Cup in Qatar in 2022.
In Coverciano the Euro2020 cup still shines, thanks to which the team excluded from Russia 2018 has regained strength, vigor and international prestige, and it is there that Roberto Mancini presented the new squad, in the press conference organized in view of the first match, Italy -Bulgaria, which will be played in Florence next Thursday.
In these 50 days “nothing has changed”, explains the coach, and confesses the enthusiasm and pride for having made people happy “us and 60 million Italians“. “A transversal thing, from 3-4 year olds to people of 85. It is the best thing to have made everyone happy even those who did not follow football”, he tells the Messenger.
Now the national team can still improve in the 14 months that separate them from the kick-off in Qatar. “There are still 5 qualifying matches and must be taken with care starting from Thursday. There are teams with players who have been on the pitch before us. Now focus on qualification ”, adds the former Sampdoria center forward.
The possible obstacle, he explains, could be precisely the delay with which – compared to other leagues – Serie A started. “We meet teams that have players with 8-10 games in their legs in their leagues”. The Azzurri never, anticipates Mancini, are determined and “never satisfied” by the victory at Wembley. “Our guys take all the games to the max,” he assures.
A national team that has become and can continue to be a model for everyone. “I think that Italian players give many guarantees, you just have to trust ”, says Mancini, and adds that thanks to the performance of the Azzurri players in the European Championship there has been a turning point in the thinking of others on the Coverciano team.
“I also noticed it during the European Championship by reading what they were saying about us. We were not judged as defensive players even if before Wembley we had won 4 world championships, not a small thing … I believe we continue to be the best in the world at defending, but at the European Championship we showed we can do everything, attacking very well. In short, we were complete ”, he says.
Now the coach would like to pick up “where we left off, with our way of playing and with our conviction,” he says. And on the photo lined up at the delicatessen in Jesi that went around the world this summer, he explains. “I was in front of the delicatessen because more than two could not enter, but the bresaola was very good”.