Mancini Heaps Praise on Napoli, Laments Lack of Options

Italy coach Roberto Mancini attended Il Gran Galà del Calcio, which assigned the awards for the past Serie A season, and commented on the national team and the current campaign (via Ansa).

“The doors are open for everybody that can be functional to our project. Some of our youngsters are starting to play in big matches, for instance Giacomo Raspadori, who’s now starring Champions League. They will surely improve that way. His success doesn’t surprise me.”

The gaffer dished on Nicolò Zaniolo, who hasn’t been called up for the recent fixtures.

“He has great skills, but he was coming off an injury and selecting him to send him to the stands didn’t seem right to me. He will return if he does well in the future, and the same goes for everybody else.”

Mancini shared his thoughts on the dwindling pool.

“The championship has been nice, but there are fewer and fewer Italians. Only the usual ones are getting regular minutes. My work is more difficult than in the past. When I was playing, we already had 100 matches under our belts by the time we turned 20.”

“Every team tries to be proactive nowadays. Atalanta-Milan looked like a Premier League game for its intensity. Napoli are doing extraordinary things. They have had an incredible start considering their players haven’t been together for long. I hope they will keep up until the end of the season. It will be a strange one considering the two-month break. Who knows what will happen in January.”

The Azzurri boss added that he agreed with Stefano Pioli winning the award as the best coach for 2021/2022. Rafael Leao was named the MVP of the League.

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