“We have to improve” – Mancini, Italians head coach wants more from his team ahead of Spain rematch

By Obiajulu Chiagoziem

Italians head Coach, Roberto Mancini, despite winning the just concluded Euros 2020 with his team, has advised his team to sit up as they get set to meet with Spain in the nation’s league campaign.

Italian side has maintained a greater records of being unbeaten in their last 37 games, a world record with 30 wins and seven draws across all competitions and friendlies since October 2018.

According to Mancini, his appeals for a better team aside having a good record as they meet Spain, is clearly because on their last meeting with Spain, they beat the Spanish side in a penalty shoot-out in the last four of the European Championships after a 1-1 draw in regular time in a fixture that Spain dominated, enjoying 71 per cent possession.

“We suffered in that [Euro 2020 semi-final against Spain],” Mancini said. “Spain put us in trouble in possession, they have been doing it for 20 years and on this, they are ahead of us.

“We have to improve this game situation, be faster. We have to improve, we also have young players who have to play important competitions. We have 14 important months and we have to play better and better, offensive and balanced.

“[The Nations League] is an important competition. It is clear that it comes after a European Championship and preparing in such a short time is not easy but they are two matches among the four best in Europe and we want to improve, that’s for sure.”

Mancini also cleared Spanish team coach Luis Enrique’s claims that his team will sooner or later lose while saying “We always want to win, then we know it will depend on us,” Mancini continued. “[Enrique’s] right, sooner or later [we will lose]. We would like to go on like this until December 2022, but we know it won’t be that simple.