The Italy national team coach is confident and relaxed before their Euro 2020 Final against England on Sunday and hopes the Azzurri’s ‘technique can win out’ against Gareth Southgate’s physicality. ‘We want to enjoy ourselves for 90 more minutes.’
I do not feel agitated. I might feel different tomorrow…”
smiled the coach in his press conference.
“We aim to entertain, certainly, but I also hope we can be substantial. It has not been easy, we did well to get here and there’s one more push before we can all go on vacation.”
Italy pushed their way through the semi-final against Spain and vanquished them in a penalty shootout. They allowed the opposite team to get the possession for the first time.
“We had wanted to play our style of football against Spain too, they just did well to limit us. Our identity brought us this far, we have no intention of changing now.
“England are physically stronger than us all over the park, not just in midfield, but football is played with the ball to feet, so we hope technique can win out.”
was quizzed whether The Three Lions should consider themselves a football nation like Italy since this is their first Final after 55 years.
“England have always had good teams, they’ve been unlucky over the years. It’s going to be a wonderful game of football in a packed stadium and that is marvellous for anyone who loves the sport. We know their qualities and will see what happens. You don’t reach the Final without a great team.
About William Wallace’s standing up against the English invasion, he added:
“It was funny. We’ve got to focus only on our own football and hopefully hear our fans celebrate at the end. It is ultimately just a football match, after all.
“What Italy must do is stay calm. It’s difficult, for many reasons, but we must be concentrated on our football and understand it’s the final hurdle. We want to enjoy ourselves for 90 more minutes.”
Mancini was an icon in Italian football; however, he did not represent his country on many occasions.
“This is among the most important moments of my career. I played with the Nazionale at many levels, we didn’t win the European Under-21 Championship or the World Cup when we deserved to. We represent Italy and I hope tomorrow to gain that satisfaction as a coach that I was unable to enjoy as a player, despite being in some very strong Azzurri teams.”
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