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Mancini wants Italy enjoy in last-16 tie against Austria at Wembley

Sat 26 June 2021 | 4:55

Italy boss Roberto Mancini has urged his players to enjoy their Euro 2020 last-16 tie against Austria at Wembley Stadium on Saturday.

Italy

will take on

Austria

today and a win would set up a quarter-final against

Belgium

or

Portugal

, but also set a new all-time record for the Azzurri of going 31 games unbeaten.

Mancini's team could set another record as they have won 11 games in a row without conceding a goal, and one more clean sheet will see them equal their record for consecutive games without conceding (12), set between 1972 and 1974.

The Azzurri will advance to the quarter-finals should they overcome Austria at Wembley, and Mancini wants his side to enjoy their football at one of the world's most iconic stadiums.

"I've enjoyed my time as Italy coach and I would like to continue doing it. I thank the players, as they allowed me to have fun with this experience too,"

Mancini told a media conference

.

"Playing at Wembley should always be a pleasure. There are players in this squad who have never experienced it and they ought to relish this opportunity in a beautiful stadium.

"When you play football, it's because you want to do it in stadiums like this. I think this team needs to keep feeding the joy and at the same time respect a temple of football like this. I am sure the lads will play well tomorrow."

Italy won all three group games against

Turkey

,

Switzerland

, and

Wales

by keeping clean sheets, but Mancini has warned his side that they will face a tough opponent when they play against Austria.

"We need a great performance, as Austria have quality,"

he added.

"They are aggressive and we cannot get anything wrong.

"That's the beauty of these tournaments, you have to win and there's no other option. We have to continue playing our football, hopefully for another four games at Euro 2020."


source: SportMob

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