Mancini: Italy can't become Spain just like that

The coach spoke ahead of the semi-final

Posted Tuesday, July 06, 2021 by

Mancini: Italy can't become Spain just like that

Roberto Mancini has done a quite splendid job in charge of the Italian national team, playing the best football exhibited by the Azzurri in recent memory, yet ahead of a Euro 2020 semi-final clash with Spain the former Manchester City coach has admitted that the Italians can't become a Spain replica overnight.

Spain have yet to really impress this summer, despite the number of chances the team create, whilst the Italians have arguably been the best performing team at the tournament, a run which culminated in a near perfect display against Belgium on Friday.

"We can't become Spain just like that," Mancini explained in his pre-match press conference.

"We are Italy and we have our own style.

"They have a very defined style and we are Italy."

Italy's own success has been built on the impenetrable defensive wall formed by Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci, who are playing as well together as they ever have.

"They receive a lot of praise and they will want to continue to show they are the best at their position," he added.

"We hope that Giorgio can continue playing more matches in a row at this level."

Luis Enrique put to bed his own personal curse of not being able to get past the quarter-final stage of an international tournament with the shootout victory over Switzerland and Mancini was quick to respect the achievements of the former Barcelona coach.

"He's a great coach and I'm not just saying that because he won the Champions League with Barcelona," he continued.

"All his teams play good football. If a coach makes all his teams play well, that shows his ability as a coach."

Italians would be forgiven for believing their team are likely to progress through to the final, but Mancini has urged caution and warned his players against complacency ahead of the meeting at Wembley.

"This is a mistake that must be avoided, as we can't think we're going to the get to the stadium and just win," he declared.

"It won't be easy. We know that we have to play a great game."



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