CM – Roberto Mancini’s Italy wants to make Wembley its own

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Roberto Mancini made eight changes to his team in the last game against Wales and admitted that he now had problems with the selection.

Published: June 26, 2021 17:17 |

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Italy’s coach Roberto Mancini speaks to his players during the Group A match of the 2020 European Football Championship between Italy and Wales at the Olympic Stadium in Rome. (Photo | AP)

LONDON: Roberto Mancini warned that Italy was relaxed and ready to show another great performance in the « Temple of Football » at Wembley Stadium in the round of 16 of the Euro 2020 against Austria.

Italy are aiming for a twelfth straight win to reach the quarter-finals in Munich and return to London for the semi-finals and the final.

« When you play football, you can only wish to play in stadiums like this . A football temple like Wembley has to be respected and done well and I’m sure the boys will do it tomorrow night, « said the former Manchester City manager.

Italy led Group A with three wins , while Austria finished second in Group C after beating Ukraine and recovering from their loss to the Netherlands.

Mancini made eight changes to his team in the last game against Wales and admitted that he is now  » selection headache « .

 » It’s great to be able to count on the players, who are all fit, firepower and who are pretty relaxed mentally. I think that could be an advantage for us. « 

Austria’s coach Franco Foda admitted that his team was » the underdog « against the four-time world champion, whom they had never beaten in a major tournament.

« Our realistic chances are difficult to assess, but you can achieve a lot even with 10 percent », said Foda, whose team has reached the knockout phase of the European Championship for the first time.

« They have some technically skilled players, they are an aggressive team. They can also kick you out of the game because they are very good at squeezing you. We have to be prepared for all of this. « 

 » It is certainly a game where there is no margin for error. There was a bit of room for error in previous games, but not this one. « 

 » But that’s the great thing about these tournaments, the adrenaline effect, you have to win, there is no other option. « 

Meanwhile, defender Leonardo Bonucci said Italy would make a decision on Saturday whether to take the knee after only five players did so against Wales.

« Tonight we will have a team meeting to decide what we will do tomorrow, what we should have done before Italy-Wales, « said Bonucci.

For Austria’s captain David Alaba, » a kneeling down is a clear signal that has drawn attention to racism and that is a very positive sign « .

 » We all agree. We’ll do it again against Italy, « said the Real Madrid defender.

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