Italy, Mancini: “What I wanted to see, an auspicious match” | News

The Italian coach after the 4-0 friendly match against the Czech Republic: “We are young and we need to improve, but doing the last friendly is an excellent thing”

Roberto Mancini can only look with confidence at the European debut of the Italian national team, scheduled in exactly 7 days at the Olimpico in Rome against Turkey, after the 4-0 with which he liquidated the Czech Republic in the last friendly: “It was a game played well and faced in the right way, against an excellent team – said the Italian coach after the match -. It is certainly a good omen. It took 10 minutes to fuel, but seeing the team play like this was what I hoped for. ” .

Mancini tries to hold a low profile, but he does not hide his satisfaction: “We have to improve from many points of view, but making the last friendly like this is certainly a good thing. Insigne and Berardi are the keys? We are an attacking team and we must play our game, for then defend well when needed, as we know how to do. We certainly need balance. Lorenzo scored a good goal, it’s his birthday, it’s a good day for him. “


The best player on the field was undoubtedly Lorenzo Insigne, who scored on his thirtieth birthday: “I’m happy above all for the performance, there’s a week left and we have to be ready – said the blue playmaker -. This was certainly a great test. Now let’s recover energy and start in the best possible way. If I feel like a leader? I feel old (laughs, ed). Joking aside, I feel a lot of confidence and I’m happy, then I try to make myself available. The coach has created a great group, a great spirit, he put us in a position to express ourselves at our best and have fun, not only me, but everyone. Where can we get? It’s too early to say, but we are aware of our means, and certainly tonight we played a great match. debut? It will be a great emotion, we are no longer used to the public, but it will certainly push us. “


Domenico Berardi also scored, who in the role of right winger will have to beat the competition of Bernardeschi and Chiesa for the official debut: “I’m very happy, apart from the first few minutes when we had to get into the rhythm. This game was important for us, we wanted to prepare ourselves at my best for the game against Turkey. If I have mortgaged a starting role? I always try to give my best, if I play, Chiesa or Bernardeschi it will be the same, we are all three strong players. Whoever plays will give 100%. Surely I can still improve, both in training and in the game. Where can this Italy go? I hope as high as possible “.


For Giacomo Raspadori it was his debut with the senior national team: “A crazy emotion, in front of my family, I will never forget it. I really have no words. The whole path of my short career, the beautiful moments and The ugly ones. Doing it in front of my family was indescribable. I still don’t realize that I was called up for the European Championship. Thanks to Mancini for the opportunity. I am a different player from Immobile and Belotti, from a physical point of view. For me it is fortunate to have them as companions, I have always admired them and I hope to steal something from them. I always give everything and for this I feel ready, I think I am in the right place. For me it is a source of pride to be here, it is wonderful and I am a moment in confusion, I am truly speechless “.

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