Mancini promises young players more chance after Italy vs Argentina

Tue 31 May 2022 | 18:06

Argentina and Italy will lock horns in a final at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday.

The Copa America and Euro 2020 winners will lock horns on Wednesday. Italy boss

Roberto Mancini

expressed his disappointment as to


’s failure in producing young footballers. However, he promised to provide younger players with an opportunity following the battle against Argentina.

The Azzurri won the Euro 2020 following a penalty shoot-out with England but could not get qualified for the World Cup in Qatar as they were defeated at the hands of

North Macedonia

in a play-off game, which was a disappointment.

Mancini was then quizzed over not trusting younger players as in Italian football, players like Ciro Immobile and Giorgio Chiellini are preferred.

Mancini then suggested that Italy suffer from Serie A coaches’ refusal to provide their young players with a chance to develop.

Italy will lock horns with


on Wednesday in a clash between the European Championship winners and Copa America champions. However, Mancini appears not willing to trust his younger players.

"Tomorrow will be the match that will end a cycle,"

the Azzurri boss told reporters on Tuesday.

"It does not mean that 15-20 players will leave, but from Wednesday we will include young players to understand how much they are worth and if we can count on them for the future.

"In the meantime, I must continue to choose the players always with a logical criterion, then courage will be needed because it will be a younger group that will need to be supported in a different way.

"We will not change the whole team, but in the four games one, two, three or four young people will play.

"This will also be a great thing to do. We are trying to work for the future, to improve. If the clubs do or do not let the young players play, I cannot decide.

"We will try to have more knowledge of the young people and we want to do things well, but we certainly cannot pray to anyone if they don't want to do it.

"We managed to win a European championship anyway, despite many difficulties."

Notwithstanding no having players such as Immobile, Federico Chiesa, Domenico Berardi and Marco Verratti to call upon, Mancini urges his side to do well against Argentina.

Quizzed whether his side are still able to put on a show, Mancini answered:

"I think so, even if we are missing several players. I would have liked to have all the boys here, they deserved it.

"We have a good match ahead of us. It is nice to play this match, Italy-Argentina is a classic of world football and it will also be a tribute to many players.

"It is a great pleasure to be here, not even 12 months ago we were here to celebrate [winning Euro 2020 at Wembley] and for this reason, there is also a bit of emotion."

source: SportMob

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