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Roberto Martinez to Goal: “Mancini’s Italy impressed me”

The Belgium coach congratulates Italy and in particular Roberto Mancini in a long interview with Goal: “He impressed me”.

Possible opponent of Italy in the final of Nations League, Roberto Martinez in a long exclusive interview granted to Goal before the match against France also spoke of the Azzurri.

In particular the CT of Belgium praised his colleague Roberto Mancini, who also eliminated him at the recent European Championships in the round of 16.

“I have a very good idea of ​​Mancini. He did a great job creating a team in style of play that is more like a club than a national team. He took a group that hadn’t qualified for the 2018 World Cup while keeping all the aspects expected of Italian football. I think it was very clever. “

The blue growth, on the other hand, was evident precisely at the European Championships, where Italy triumphed on the night of Wembley.

“They really impressed me at Euro 2020. When we faced them it was clear to us that they had something more than the other top national teams. “

Roberto Martinez then explains the principles of his football.

“I always believe in the project, no matter where it is. The important thing is to have the time and the means to build something in the long term. The important thing is that people believe in you rather than where you work.”

Belgium has never yet won a major international tournament. This is why the Nations League could become a great opportunity.

“I think this is a big psychological obstacle. There are national teams that have good times and bad times, like Italy in 2018, but when they participate in a tournament they feel they can compete to win it. If you’ve never won, you hardly have this approach. The Nations League is a great tournament and it would be very important to win it. We will play against national teams close to us in the ranking and to get here we have overtaken England and Denmark. We have the opportunity to play two great games. We have never won Europeans or World Cups but we have the confidence that the talent and commitment of this generation of players gives us. “


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