Italy’s CT Roberto Mancini said ‘nobody wanted to coach the national team’ and his plan was to ‘develop something different’ with the Azzurri.
Since successfully qualifying for Euro 2020 with a perfect 10, he was supposed to train for the next competition in the coming weeks.
Mancini, who admitted in an interview with Roma TV that the Roma starlet Nicolò Zaniolo was going to need to ‘find his place,’ also announced that he had taken the job of creating something special with the Azzurri:
“My idea was to do something special to bring people closer to the national team and the lads have been very good at creating a great atmosphere.
“Italy has always had good players throughout history and that’s the case even today. Winning is never easy, even against weaker opponents and we wanted to do something different than before, trying to play well and do our best starting from these games.
“When I arrived, nobody wanted to coach the national team, they asked me, and I said yes. Many were afraid of jumping into a difficult situation, but football is also made of these moments and you just need to have a little confidence and believe in the qualities of younger players.”
Mancini thought that the Azzurri had been in a good position and would have been difficult to resolve this summer, but he would have to believe that he could make the most of getting an even more seasoned crop next year.
“In these two months we should have played two important friendlies against England at Wembley and against Germany in Nuremberg,” Mancini said in the same interview. “In these days, then, we should have been in a retreat for the European Championship.”
He went on, “We missed everything that comes with our job and obviously the normality of everyday life. I think it would have been difficult for everyone to beat us and we would have played for it.
“I hope that this year our younger boys will accumulate more experience.”