Wed 08 March 2023 | 14:30

Mancini is worried about Italy's "serious problems in the attack"

Italy has been drawn in Group C of Euro 2024 qualifiers with England, Malta, Ukraine, and North Macedonia. Desperate to make up for not qualifying for Qatar 2022, Mancini reveals his concerns about Azzurri's attack line.

Despite winning Euro 2020, Italy failed to qualify for Qatar 2022. They are desperate to make up for the disappointment in the upcoming Euros where they will face England, who they faced in Euro 2020 final. They also will face North Macedonia who they lost to in the World Cup play-offs.

Speaking about his concerns over his side’s attacking options, Roberto Mancini told

Il Messaggero

: "The problems are serious. [Ciro] Immobile is out, perhaps [Giacomo] Raspadori, too. There are big questions.

"Most of our centre-forwards have played very little in recent months. We don't have one who is a starter, except for [Wilfried] Gnonto, who is used a little wider at Leeds and can act as a centre-forward.

"But otherwise, we are in bad shape: even [Gianluca] Scamacca is recovering from an injury, [Andrea] Belotti plays little.

"There are solutions in defence and in midfield. It's there in attack that we have problems but not because there aren't any talents. They have to play, and they don't play."

Italy will begin the Euro 2024 qualifiers on March 23 at home against England three days before traveling to Malta. These fixtures will mark their first games since the death of  Mancini’s close friend and a member of their coaching staff, Gianluca Vialli.

"They will be difficult days," Mancini said. "The great emptiness that I feel every day we will feel stronger. All that he left us must be useful for our present and our future."



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source: Il Messaggero

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