Tue 15 November 2022 | 20:11

Roberto Mancini offers “the rebirth of Azzurri” before Euro 2024

North Macedonia gained a stunning victory over Italy in the World Cup play-off as the Azzurri missed out on the Qatar World Cup just a year after the triumphing European Championship. Italy's boss still believes they deserved to be in the World Cup.

After the disastrous failure to advance to the World Cup with a defeat against North Macedonia, the Azzurri will once again face this team and fight for revenge. However,

Roberto Mancini

is optimistic about a rebirth of

the Azzurri

ahead of Euro 2024.

He said:

“It will be a difficult month… it has just started. In the bitterness we may feel at the moment, games have to be played, there are things to see and evaluate.

“There are things that will be useful for us from March onwards, even if it is of no value. We can try new guys and something tactical.”

“I’ve been experiencing it quite badly since March. We deserved to go, but unfortunately we missed our chances.

“Football is also this, after a great satisfaction came a great disappointment and now we cannot do anything. A World Cup without Italy is different, we have to work in the right way to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”


Federico Chiesa


Nicolo Zaniolo

's injury return, Mancini added:

“We’re happy that Federico is back. He has to find his condition again but he’s fine. Zaniolo is an important resource for us, he can give us a lot and he will improve in all aspects.

“He’s a young guy and when you’re young you always improve. Kean has been with us many times, if he continues to score and do well we’ll call him up.”

He went on to talk about the importance of his side's tomorrow friendly against



“Because it’s the basis of sport. We came to play a good game and we know they’re not that weak. We hope to play a good game and then we’ll see how it goes.”

On his

tactical plans

, he added:

“Zaniolo for the qualities he has and for the player I know the mezzala can be a good position, but he often plays also as an outside forward and can also do that role there.

“As far as the tactics are concerned I don’t know which is the best, in the last two we changed a bit to see if it could give us an advantage. Our players can play more than one formation.”



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