What is the magic of Mancini? The coach himself considers it sober: “Italy has traditionally been a country that defends and plays on the counter. That’s how we played during the World Cup qualifiers, but it did not bring us anything. Then it is time to change.”
Experienced Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci is full of praise for Mancini: “He has given us a lot of confidence and the enthusiasm we lost after missing out on the World Cup.”
“Mancini does not put too much pressure on us and shows us as players in our value. And he uses a way of playing in which our individual qualities come out well,” said Matthijs de Ligt’s teammate.
During last week’s 4-0 practice win over the Czech Republic, attackers Ciro Immobile (31, Lazio) and Lorenzo Insigne (29, Napoli) played a leading role, but since Mancini took office, a total of nearly thirty players have scored a goal.
During the presentation of the European Championship selection, early this month during an hour-long live show on Rai Uno with lots of singing and dancing, Mancini also conjured debutant Giacomo Raspadori, the 21-year-old striker of Sassuolo, out of the top hat.
Ciro Immobile, Lorenzo Insigne and goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma acted as the backing choir of the Italian rapper Clementino during the TV spectacle.
Renaissance of national coach Mancini provides new optimism in Italy
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