Italy boss insists that making changes in his lineup doesn’t change the team’s identity.
The Azzurri boss
is happy with his side’s performance in their 1-0 win against
and says that winning was hard even with one goal as they secured their 11th consecutive victory without conceding goals.
“We couldn’t have done better, other than maybe score more goals. It was not easy, it was extremely hot and a very physical game, so the lads did really well,”
the coach told RAI Sport
He has also defended his decision of making eight changes in his starting lineup and insisted that despite the changes, they kept their identity.
“It’s important that the identity of the team remains the same, as changing three or four players shouldn’t make any difference. They all know what to do and the end product does not change.
“They all proved today that everyone here is a first-choice player. Winning wasn’t even necessary, which made it difficult in terms of mentality, but we fought for the win anyway and that shows so much.”
Italy has reached its record of 30 games without defeat, which was set in the 1930s by Vittorio Pozzo but Mancini insists that they need to win trophies to be able to compare themselves with Pozzo’s team.
“Pozzo won many important trophies too, so we’re still far behind that level. Anyone who goes through to the Round of 16 can win the Euros, that’s for sure,”
“Every game is difficult, we mustn’t think that we can win every game or that any of this is to be taken for granted.
“We thank the people of Rome for all they’ve done for us and hope everyone can get back to enjoying themselves.”