Italy Veteran Mancini: “I’m Very Sorry Not to Be in the World Cup”

Italy manager Roberto Mancini has apologized for Italy’s absence at the FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Despite the veteran fielding a strong team, the Azzurri were sensationally eliminated out of the showdown event by North Macedonia in the play-off stages. It is the second successive World Cup the nation missed after failing to qualify in 2018 via Sweden’s heroics.

The former Inter and Manchester City coach gave his say to the microphones of Rai Sport (via FCInterNews), expressing his defection of not being part of the event in Qatar.

“I am very sorry not to be in the World Cup, I hope it never happens again, Italy must always be there. It is certainly a particular World Cup, but it is always better to be there.”

Mancini also believes the EURO 2020 victory played a big part in Italy’s outlook before the qualification process.

“The EURO was a unique emotion that came in a difficult moment, I think this also weighed.”

The Azzurri won the EURO 2020 tournament in terrific fashion but failed to translate their performances immediately in the World Cup qualification stage.

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