Italy boss has claimed that their clash against Austria was probably harder than quarter-finals.
2-1 victory in the extra time against
in the Euro 2020 round of 16, their boss
has talked about the game, saying that they deserved the victory.
The Azzurri boss has also claimed that this match was probably harder than their clash in the quarter-finals against the winner of Portugal and Belgium’s match. Austria stopped Italy’s record of clean sheets after 11 games despite not being able to stop the Azzurri from setting a new record of 31 games without a defeat.
“We brought it home because we deserved it, even though we conceded on a corner and had to let one in sooner or later,”
Mancini told RAI Sport
“We frankly should’ve scored the two goals a lot earlier and not gone to extra time, and we got tired as it wore on, but we won deservedly.
“The players who came off the bench had the right mentality and stepped straight into the match to change the game. Those who came on were extraordinary after those who came off had already given everything they had.
“I knew this was going to be tough, probably tougher than the quarter-final. Games can take the wrong bent, but we played well and deserved it.
“This test can do us good, we had to show a strong mentality.”
Mancini was asked about the team he prefers to face in the next stage between Portugal and Belgium, but he says that:
“They are two extraordinary teams, so it’s difficult to choose.”
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