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Tonali is having a great championship - Mancini

Tue 05 October 2021 | 15:31

Italy prepare for the UEFA Nations League semi-final against Spain on Wednesday, and the Azzurri CT Roberto Mancini stressed the importance of giving youngsters a chance to make mistakes.

Abroad, the young lads play earlier, they give them more chances to make mistakes and then after a couple of years they are ready,

” Mancini said at a press conference.

“There’s a bit of difference compared to Italy, that’s true.”

Italy are struggling up front before the start of the Nations League, and Mancini has been asked if he can play without a striker against

Spain

.

We have some problems, we are without the two centre-forwards from the European Championship, who are at home due to issues,”

Mancini added.

“We have [Moise] Kean and [Giacomo] Raspadori, and then many attackers. We’ll see what the best solution will be.”

Italy

have not lost 37 games and Mancini hopes his team will continue this form.

We always want to win, then we know it will depend on us,”

he said. “

Sooner or later, it will happen

.

“But we would like to go on like this until December 2022, but we know it won’t be that simple.”

Inter full-back

Federico Dimarco

was called up to the Italy squad as Mancini left

Sandro Tonali

with the U21.

“I gave Dimarco his debut in Serie A, I know him very well,” Mancini said. “I called him up because a few years have passed, and I was pleased to see him.

“The players we left at the Under-21 was correct, they have two important games.”

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They have so many, it’s difficult for him to bring them all,”

Mancini said.

“He is forced to leave good players out

.”

Mancini did not reveal who will play in the middle of the attack, but he seems to have many options.

I don’t know if Federico can play as a centre-forward, probably over time he will also be able to do it,

” Mancini said.

“We have precise roles, we know where he can play better

.

“We have Kean and Raspadori and then there’s the possibility of [Lorenzo] Insigne, as well as [Federico] Bernardeschi, who has already done it.”

Marco Verratti

suffered an injury in the game against Spain at Euro 2020.

“We suffered in that game, it was a semi-final and Spain put us in difficulty in possession,” the coach said. “They have been doing it for 20 years and they are ahead of us on this.

“We need to improve on this aspect, be quicker, but Marco had problems like the others. We must improve, we also have young players who have to play big games.

“We have 14 important months and we must play better and better, attacking and being balanced.”

 Milan midfielder

Sandro Tonali

 has surprised Mancini so far.

“The young guys are doing well,”

Mancini said

. “Tonali is having a great championship, there are others who are playing and are in the Under-21 squad.

“They will play and have space, which can certainly be good, the hope is that they will continue to play.”

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