“It is up to us to remove the chestnuts from the fire, but what we did in the summer is not accidental. So, we can and must believe in it and give everything”. Roberto Mancini knows well that theItaly he should have avoided the play-offs, which had the obligation to finish first and to snatch a direct pass for the World Cup in Qatar. Yet here we are. If there is dancing, then let’s dance.
Thanks to the success of Euro 2020, the Italian coach has deserved the candidacy for the FIFA best coach of 2021, where he will try to compete for the prize from Thomas Tuchel and Pep Guardiola. Seeing your name between that of two great coaches should already be a source of pride, but Mancini aims higher: he doesn’t just want to qualify for the World Cup, wants to win it. Here is an anecdote told in the interview given to SportsWeek:
“I dreamed of one world final Italy-Brazil 1-0. Jorginho scored 2 penalties in Boxing Day at Aston Villa? For that matter, he scored 6 after Switzerland … But I’m not mad. He took us to the final with Spain. Then maybe we’ll win the World Cup and we’ll do it with his own rigor, who knows … “.
2022 has just started and the Technical Commissioner was therefore asked to choose the best moment of the past year: “The photo of 2021 is the final one after England, where we are all, even if there are a few guys missing. Because when I say thank you, I think of the 50/60 who have helped to bring home the European Championship since qualifying. “.
Finally, he revealed to the Gazzetta dello Sport weekly who his heir is; indeed, what it was: “As long as Totti was playing, it was in him that I saw myself again. He had a game similar to mine. ”
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