The blue coach charges the environment: “If we arrive in March without injuries we can meet anyone”
In conversation with Marino Bartoletti at the Social Football Summit, in the aftermath of the match against Northern Ireland and the failure to qualify directly for the World Cup, Roberto Mancini spoke about the play-offs. “The opponents in the playoffs? I think that if we get to March without injuries we can meet anyone, if I really have to avoid one I would say Portugal – said the coach -. It would be tough for both of us. The others we can meet them all“.
Returning to the match against Northern Ireland. “It was not a positive game, we categorize Ireland as one of the most difficult goals.” Il Mancio looks forward with optimism. “We have come from 40 games with only one defeat, with Spain 10 against 11, we always have to think positively. If there was a moment that didn’t have to go well, better now than in March or at the World Cup. We have had many injuries at a decisive moment. , the condition was not the best. But we must always find solutions, also trying young people who could be useful in a year, but it is clear that they should play more because otherwise at certain levels it is not easy “.
Finally, about what his father told him on his return home, the Azzurri coach said: “Dad gets angry about the match, before Switzerland he told me ‘I recommend the defense'”.