Mancini: ‘World Cup? We will suffer for a month’

The coach of the blue on the eve of the friendly against Austria, precisely on the day when the World Cup will begin: “The suffering is there and will be until mid-December. The boys have already shown a desire for revenge in the Nations League. Mine favorite in Qatar? Argentina”. Pessina: “We all wanted to go to the World Cup and it’s still burning, but let’s look to the next match”

It will close in Vienna on 2022 ofItaly against theAustria. A bitter friendly for the Azzurri, just on the day when the World Cup will start in Qatar. “Let’s talk about the match which is better…” began the blue coach Roberto at the press conference Left-handed which focuses on the desire for revenge of his group. However, the disappointment of not qualifying for the World Cup has not faded: “Suffering is there and will be there until mid-December – he explains – The boys have shown a desire for revenge, we demonstrated it in the Nations League, winning a difficult group”. Clear ideas for Mancini like his favorite in Qatar: “I think of ArgentinaI saw them well against us and I saw an important team spirit, but there are many strong teams.”

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Head to Austria, therefore, to close the year and project to 2023 with many important appointments, including the Euro 2024 qualifiers and the Nations League finals: “It will be a good test for young people – explains Mancini – We’ll see if the things we did in Tirana can be repeated against a stronger opponent”. A challenge that recalls the triumphal journey of the Azzurri at the Europeanswhich started in the knockout phase with the match won in the round of 16 against Austria: “That was the hardest match – admits the technical commissioner – They are an aggressive team and they will be tomorrow too. Many play in the Bundesliga and are used to playing at a fast pace.”

“Positive Feelings from the Boys”

Focusing on youngMancini praised them: “The players we called us they are giving positive responses. I also had good sensations from the guys who are here for the first time and who have played little in Serie A. We are on the right path and we must continue to work to improve.”

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Austria evokes sweet memories for Matteo Pessina, who scored in that match at Wembley: “The European Championship gave a boost to my career – he admits – Being the first Monza player in the national team is a source of pride for me, the Monza people and Dr. Galliani who was moved at the time of the summons”. The Monza captain also spoke of the lack of qualification for the World Cup: “I honestly thought I was having a worse time, but we realized that we had got over this elimination and we are focusing on other goals. We all wanted to go to the World Cup, it’s still burning, but we’re already looking forward to the next match“.

Mancini: ‘World Cup? We will suffer for a month’