Rome, 17 May – Mancini and Italy are moving forward together. Less than a month before the start of the European Championship, the president of the FIGC Gabriele Gravina announced the extension of the contract of the Ct until 2026, maintaining the
promise of one signing before the tournament kicks off on 11 June. “Everyone likes success, but I am interested in the path that leads to victory. This is why we have chosen such a long horizon” explained the number one in Italian football. “We work to win, the results could come soon, there was no reason not to stay”, the simple motivation of coach Roberto Mancini.
But today is also the day of pre-summoned by Italy for the European Championships. Mancini has drawn up his list for the national team with 33 players for the last test before the official call-up for the European Championship, next May 28 at the Sardegna Arena in Cagliari against San Marino. The list of 26 to take to the retreat begins to take shape with the summons of 33 Azzurri who on Monday will meet in a resort on the Costa Smeralda for a pre-retreat. The novelty of the group is the young Sassuolo striker, Giacono Raspadori. In the group also Verratti, in doubt for the European Championship, and Pellegrini struggling with what muscle problem. From this group the final selection.
The list of 33 called up by the FIGC
Goalkeepers: Alessio Cragno (Cagliari), Gianluigi Donnarumma (Milan), Alex Meret (Naples), Salvatore Sirigu (Turin).
Defenders: Francesco Acerbi (Lazio), Alessandro Bastoni (Inter), Cristiano Biraghi (Fiorentina), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Giovanni Di Lorenzo (Naples), Alessandro Florenzi (Paris Saint Germain), Manuel Lazzari (Lazio), Gianluca Mancini (Rome), Leonardo Spinazzola (Rome) , Rafael Toloi (Atalanta).
Midfielders: Nicolò Barella (Inter), Gaetano Castrovilli (Fiorentina), Bryan Cristante (Rome), Manuel Locatelli (Sassuolo), Lorenzo Pellegrini (Rome), Matteo Pessina (Atalanta), Stefano Sensi (Inter Milan), Marco Verratti (Paris Saint Germain). Forwards: Andrea Belotti (Turin), Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo), Federico Bernardeschi (Juventus), Federico Chiesa (Juventus), Vincenzo Grifo (Friborg), Ciro Immobile (Lazio), Lorenzo Insigne (Naples), Moise Kean (Paris Saint Germain) ), Matteo Politano (Naples), Giacomo Raspadori (Sassuolo).
Mancini: “Things are going well”
The extension of the coach’s contract comes 3 years after the first (it was 14 May 2018 when he became coach) and 30 years after Mancini’s achievement as a player, winning the Scudetto with Sampdoria. “I hope it can be a good omen. At the time it seemed almost impossible and even here after Russia it seemed the same, but now things are going well”, specified the coach of the national team, in reality already focused on the European adventure. first official. As for the renewal, Gravina underlined, among other things, that Mancini made what is called a choice of heart for Italy: “Roberto has put aside the economic gratification he could have found in a club and for this I thank him” the FIGC president continued, but the work carried out in these three years has won over everything.
The commitments: European, Nations League and World Cup final
IS the coach with the best average points in Italian history, after setting the record of 11 consecutive victories that surpassed the previous one of Vittorio Pozzo (9) of the 1930s, he summoned 76 players (of which 32 rookies), fielding 65 and scoring 28 different scorers. In short, to use Mancini’s words, “there would have been no reason between the parties to break up”. The coach managed to put aside even that nostalgia for daily work on the field and in this the Uefa and Fifa calendar gave a hand. In one year there will be the European Championship, the Nations League finals and the World Cup and the goal, as explained by Mancini himself, is to be able to win. The first opportunity arises as early as next June with Euro 2020 and if among the final squads the idea of bringing someone like Raspadori is increasingly insistent, on the other hand the coach has to deal with some injuries at the end of the year. “We have two or three fairly delicate situations in terms of injuries. Marco Verratti’s seems the most serious. We are confident, also with regard to Acerbi and Pellegrini who had a slight problem. We hope to be able to recover everyone “concluded Mancini.
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