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‘There is no such thing as an easy match’ – Mancini after Bulgaria win

Mon 29 March 2021 | 4:25

Italy national team head coach Roberto Mancini believes they faced a tough test against World Cup qualifying opponents Bulgaria on Sunday and warns his side that ‘there’s no such thing as an easy match’.


Andrea Belotti


Manuel Locatelli

secured a 2-0 win over


on Sunday to make it two wins from two in Group C at the start of their side's 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign.

This 2-0 win was Italy’s first victory in a competitive match in Bulgaria.

“All games are difficult, especially against teams like Bulgaria who put everyone behind the ball and just wait for the counter-attack.

“Until you find the breakthrough, there are no spaces and it makes life difficult,”

Mancini told RAI Sport


“We are at a moment of the season where the players are a little tired. We didn’t allow a single chance in the first half, and we only did in the second after we wasted numerous opportunities to extend our lead.

“As I said, there is no such thing as an easy match. The other teams don’t give you space and instead just try to neutralize you. Until you get the opening goal, that’s at a deadlock.

“I still think we put in a very good performance in the circumstances. We tried after the second goal tonight to score a third, which is what we should’ve done against Northern Ireland.

“I don’t see other sides winning 7-0 or 8-0 either this week. We know goal difference is important, but the points mean even more and we hope to beat Switzerland.”

source: SportMob