League of Nations, Germany and Italy, Mancini: ‘The new forces of tomorrow’

Tomorrow the Azzurri vs Germany. The coach is satisfied with the new cycle: “I thought the players could have had a harder time”

Tomorrow evening, in Mönchengladbach, Italy you put fifth and then you go on vacation. A five-game mini-cycle, following the Macedonian shock, which started poorly with the sharp defeat to Argentina in the Wembley final, and went well, beyond expectations, with three good Nations League matches against Germany, Hungary and England. We lead the group, as few would have imagined, thanks to the Italian coach’s brave bet on the younger players. Against Germany, Mancini wants to finish this mini-cycle with another good performance, letting those who have been watching so far and looking for another positive result play.

Mancini, where are we?

“At a good stage. I said it: even exceeded expectations. In these 25 days, the boys have worked in an extraordinary way. But there is still a lot to do. For example, get back in control as we were four years ago and become more flexible in the goal area” .

By the way, compared to what he saw at Wolverhampton, what should the broker do and didn’t and what did Scamaka do?

“The medium has to attack en masse. The boys know that: as long as he stops someone behind him, the others must attack. We did well against Hungary, against England a little bit less. Skmaka should play more with the team, help him with that. Climbing And most of all move in the area and make the right decision with the satisfaction of the goal: either go to the near post or go back or go towards the ball … If you stay still, the goal will not come. But Gianluca has everything he has become a great player, strength and style. He is young, He can learn a lot. It’s not as easy as it seems for a young man. I remember when Radice made his debut for me in the Bologna first team in the new year’s tournament against Inter I got the ball and asked: “What do I do now?” I know how to play it…”.

The youngsters were a nice surprise in these five matches.

“The character of the youth has improved, as they have played alongside their more experienced teammates. They already had the technique. There are good guys, it has already happened in the past that they arrived in the national team from Primavera or after playing a little in the league. “It is important that You will be able to follow them on an ongoing basis. When I was playing, almost every month the different Under teams stages were organized to keep an eye on the boys. I don’t know when it stopped. It would be important to be able to do more periodic phases I don’t mean every month to follow the growth of the young. I know that there is an agreement in principle between the Association and the Federation on this point. Let’s hope.”

Do we expect other juniors against Germany? Is it time for Scalvini?

“Yes, I will change again, on the other hand, this is necessary after 25 days of intense work. Scalvini is very strong: he has a body, knows how to play, he is a very good man, like all those who have done an extraordinary job in recent weeks. I would like to let everyone play. Caprari has been disabled so far due to injuries. Luiz Filipe can become an important player for this national team.”

“Germany is strong. Not only do they have good players, they also have a good game. Germany plays well, stands tall, presses, attacks with many men, knows how to catch the ball because they have a lot of talent. I repeat: they are among the strongest national teams.”

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