Italy missed out on the 2018 World Cup, but under the management of Roberto Mancini they are back with an interesting group of players and a much younger outfit than before, though a number of players in their 30’s are included in the set-up.Embed from Getty Images
So who are they and where do they come from, and will they be able to repeat former greats such as a the winning lot of 06 or the 82 team that in all might have been the best there is, looking back in time.
Roberto Mancini had never trained a national team taking over from Gian Piero Ventura in May 2018, and has since turned fortunes around, claiming “Italy never lacked important players, I only gave them confidence and a chance to play”.
The return of good results for the national team have given fans faith again and support are turning in the right direction, as Italy looks certain to play an important role and go far in the tournament this summer.Embed from Getty Images
Mancini found a good balance and had a good start to his work and as we all know, he is a clever man when it comes to being a manager, winning the league with Manchester City for the first time since 1968, when they lifted the trophy in 2012.
He is a winner Mancini, with a style and attitude that spread confidence and he gets results. Italy went through their qualification with all wins picking up 30 points in 10 games, and as winners of group J in front of Finland. Belgium also had a full score and impressed in the same manner.
Italy mostly play in a four, three, three setup, and with a number of key players such as Immobile and Insigne, who are both very experienced. Chelsea midfielder Jorginho is an important player and his presence was clear to see in the 9-1 win v. Armenia, scoring one of the goals.Embed from Getty Images
The team is equipped to take on all type of opposition and being able to dominate against those minor nations, but also playing smart against major opponents, we just have to wait and see how it all will end in the Euro’s, but their qualification was impressive.
The team is also set up with almost every player playing in Italy, with just a few exceptions. Roberto Mancini has seen the type of players he needs to fulfill his project and picked players from different clubs and it looks so exciting, a real outsider in the Euro’s.