Elimination from the 2022 World Cup continues to weigh on Italy. A few days after the defeat against North Macedonia (0-1), which dictated the exit from the play-offs, the European champions will face Turkey, who also lost their ticket to Qatar after losing against Portugal ( 1-3).
In the preview for this game, Roberto Mancini assumed he would open a new cycle, but he spoke with a bitter mouth.
“We will have the opportunity to see more young people, it is essential that the clubs make more room for them to create a bright future. In fact, I’m sure we could have won this World Cup with the occasional addition of a young talent. But that’s it, now is the time to look at the European Championship and start preparing for our qualifying,” he said.
And as for elimination, Mancini admitted that the problem arose before the game against North Macedonia.
“Since September we haven’t been lucky and I can’t blame the players because we played good football but we couldn’t be effective. I think you remember the game in Basel [0-0] in which we could have scored two goals and thus guaranteed first place. But now there’s no point in making excuses.”