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'There are still six more games' Mancini urges Italy to keep improving

Sat 12 June 2021 | 7:54

The Azzurri coach is delighted by his side’s performance but says they must be ready to face new challenges.

Italy

kicked off the Euros with a 3-0 win against

Turkey

on Friday.

Roberto Mancini

’s side dominated the game in Stadio Olimpico and got their opener by

Merih Demiral

’s own goal before the hour mark. Two more goals from

Ciro Immobile

and

Lorenzo Insigne

sealed the victory for Italy as they moved to first place on the Group A standings. Mancini admits his side have made a perfect start to the tournament but says they will face more challenges in their way to the Wembley final.

"There are still six more steps. It was a beautiful evening, I hope there are many others like this.

"I was hoping for a start like this, we are pleased to have played well and entertained the fans. I hope the Italians had a good evening. We played well, we never gave up. In short it was an excellent match.

"We are aware that we are a good team. We beat Turkey, who are definitely not pushovers. We know we can still improve, even with young players who don't yet have European Championship experience."

Mancini’s team made a historic record in the tournament’s opening match. This was the first time an Azzurri side have scored three goals in a single European Championship game.

"We had a good match, even in the first half when we couldn't find the goal, we were very good,"

The former Milan boss continued.

"The match was not easy, it was the debut and Turkey is an excellent team.

"We were decisive when we moved the ball quickly and came to the opposite side, freeing the man.

"It was important to start well, it was a satisfaction for all of us, for the present public and for all Italians."

Italy will continue the group stage with two matches against

Switzerland

and

Wales

on June 16 and 20.


source: SportMob