Mancini: ‘I miss club football, Serie A is competitive’

by | Oct 1, 2021 22:40

Italy CT Roberto Mancini revealed he misses to coach a club and said Serie A ‘is a fun and competitive championship’, pointing at ‘seven or eight teams that will fight for the top’.

The former Inter coach helped the Azzurri win their second European Championship this summer, beating England on penalties in the Final at Wembley.

Mancini spoke to BoboTV, where he answered questions from Christian Vieri, Nicola Ventola, Lele Adani and Antonio Cassano.

The Italy CT talked about many things, including the match against Spain in the UEFA Nations League, but also Serie A.

“Coaching a club? I miss everyday life a little,” Mancini admitted. “When you play a lot with the national team, as in recent months, you miss it less.

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“But when five months have to pass to get back on the pitch, it’s more difficult, like November to March is long, or March to June.

“After the European Championship, it seems like the UEFA Nations League doesn’t count, but they should have played months ago.

“The best four in Europe got there.”

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“They have some injuries, but they are strong, they play well, they have a great coach and many young players,” he said.

“Sometimes they struggle to close the games they play, maybe they lack a goalscorer like they had years ago, players like [David] Villa, [Fernando] Torres, but they are strong.”

Mancini also spoke about the success at the Euros this summer and praised the Italian players.

“It was stimulating that it didn’t seem to be any good players: I have always thought there have been good players in Italy,” Mancini continued.

“Playing a different football doesn’t mean winning, I wanted to bring the fans together by doing something different.

“The lads were good, we were fast. We wanted to win over people, the lads then had an extraordinary relationship. It’s really true that you can win with a great group.

“There were no problems, we were good: the atmosphere among the lads was important.”

Then he went on to discuss Serie A, where Napoli are top after six games, and Mancini believes there are many teams fighting for the top spots in the League.

“It’s a fun and competitive championship,” he continued. “There will be seven or eight teams that will fight for the top, including Juventus.

“In my opinion, they will get back up. I think it can be fun, there’s no absolute favourite. Napoli are doing well, as are Milan.

“But there are many strong teams behind them. The teams try to play well, and this is important.”

epa09443867 Italy's head coach Roberto Mancini reacts during the FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifying soccer match between Italy and Bulgaria at the Artemio Franchi stadium in Florence, Italy, 02 September 2021. EPA-EFE/CLAUDIO GIOVANNINI

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