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Mancini expects more from Italy despite their long unbeaten run

Sat 05 June 2021 | 14:18

Italy thrashed the Czech Republic during their last outing before the Euro 2020 and the birthday boy impressed with his performance.

Roberto Mancini

does not believe Italy are complete and ready yet, notwithstanding a thumping 4-0 victory over the Czech Republic extending their run of unbeaten clashes before Euro 2020.

Italy have kept it clean since a 1-0 Nation League loss at the hands of Portugal in 2018, with Friday’s clash being their 27th consecutive unbeaten match.

Ciro Immobile and Nicolo Barella met the back of the net during the first half of the clash, whereas birthday boy

Lorenzo Insigne

met their third target before assisting Domenico Berardi to net another soon after.

The Italy manager was delighted by the performance his team displayed against “excellent” rivals, but he admitted that his side needs to improve some aspects of their game as they are getting ready to face Turkey on June 11.


We played well and faced the match in the right way against an excellent team,"

Mancini said in his post-match interview with

Rai Sport


"At the beginning it took us a few minutes to get going, but I wanted to see the team play like this, it's my national team. We need to improve from many points of view, I think it can be a good thing.

"We have to play our game. We are an offensive team, we must attack and defend when there is a need to defend. The mentality will be important.

He added:

"We need to improve, we are young and there are many points of view where we can do better. However, a friendly match like this is a good sign."

Insigne impressed on his 30th birthday with his goal and the assist he provided for Berardi, helping Italy win and keep their eighth clean sheet.

Berardi has met the back of the net five times during his last six matches for Italy.


I feel the coach's confidence and I try to do my best,"

Insigne said after the game. 

"Mancini has created a great group, a great spirit and has put everyone in a position to express themselves at their best and have fun. We are playing great football."

source: SportMob