‘It’s not over yet for Italy’, says Roberto Mancini

Wed 07 July 2021 | 3:42

Italy manager Roberto Mancini admits Spain made the game difficult with their tactical changes and his side had to work hard to reach the Euro 2020 final but it is not over yet.


converted the decisive penalty kick on Tuesday to give

Italy a 4-2 shootout win over Spain

and a spot in the Euro 2020 final.

Both teams were unable to find the winner during 30 minutes of extra time and a penalty shootout was needed to get a finalist. Italy eventually came out on top and will meet either




on Sunday.

In the post-match press conference,


said he knew the game was going to be a tough one.

“Penalties are cruel. It was a tough team, Spain are a great side who play really well. We didn’t play the way we usually do, but fought hard and knew it’d be like this,”

Mancini told RAI Sport


Spain manager

Luis Enrique

had shocked everyone by using

Ferran Torres

as a False 9 and putting

Alvaro Morata

on the bench.

“They caused us problems with this change, but then we got the right coordinates and didn’t risk much. We knew from the start that Spain were the masters of possession, so they’d cause us problems, but we had to adjust and fight hard.

“Football teams attack and defend, they cannot just attack. We both had chances, these are both great teams, all teams defend, not just Italians.”

Mancini has completely turned things around for Italy, who failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

“The credit goes to the lads, because they believed in all this three years ago, but it’s not over yet. We’ve got to gather our strength, what is left, and prepare for the Final.”

source: SportMob

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