Mancini Explains Italy Squad for Nations League Games

Italy will try to mount a comeback, or least avoid relegation, in the next two Nations League matches against England and Hungary. They are in third place, two points behind the Magyars and one behind Germany. Instead, the Three Lions have picked up just two draws so far.

Roberto Mancini opened the proceedings with a presser from the Coverciano training center (via Tuttomercatoweb).

“The results will matter a lot, because anything can happen in this group. We have to try to win both tilts to aim for the first position. Alongside the usual veterans, we called up some youngsters we had examined last June.”

“Leonardo Spinazzola told me he wasn’t in great shape, so I left him home to practice. I excluded others because we will have just two games and didn’t need too many men. I didn’t select a few quality players, but I thought it was fair given the schedules of their clubs. Pasquale Mazzocchi is faring very well, and we wanted to take a look at him. The same goes for the new goalies.”

Italy are dealing with multiple injury concerns ahead of the two deciding Nations League fixturea.

“Marco Verratti won’t be available because of a blow. Davide Frattesi will probably replace him. Sandro Tonali and Lorenzo Pellegrini will have to be assessed for muscular issues, but they don’t look too bad. Matteo Politano is fine.”

Mancini was quizzed about a possible tactical switch to 3-5-2.

“I don’t rule it out, but there must be a reason for it. We risk getting too long on the pitch, and we aren’t superb physically and need to have the ball. A lot of our guys use it with their teams, but they are versatile.”

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