Italy should not overlook Turkey, according to Roberto Mancini.


Italy should not overlook Turkey, according to Roberto Mancini.

Roberto Mancini has issued a warning to his confident Italy squad ahead of their Euro 2020 campaign opener against Turkey at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.

Mancini’s side enters the tournament as one of the favorites for the trophy, having gone 27 games without losing, including winning all ten of their qualifying games.

However, Mancini, who spent a year coaching Galatasaray in the Turkish Super Lig, is well aware of his opponents’ threat and the risk of freezing on the big stage.

“The first match is typically the most difficult,” Mancini said during a press conference. We need to let go of the tension and concentrate solely on what needs to be accomplished.

“There will be a little more pressure because it is the first encounter of the tournament, and Turkey has a lot of quality, but it is simply another match for us to concentrate on.”

Mancini was dealt another setback in the build-up to the game when Lorenzo Pellegrini was forced out with a muscular injury and will be replaced by Gaetano Castrovilli.

“I was positive three years ago and I am even more so now,” Mancini said, referring to his appointment in 2018 when the Italian team was still hurting from their failure to qualify for the World Cup.

“We have a great group of guys and a great team spirit. We’ve had a good time and want to keep having a good time, and I’m certain that we’ll make it to London.”

Turkey breezed through Euro 2020 qualifying, and coach Senol Gunes feels his team, which includes a number of Serie A players like as Milan’s Hakan Calhanoglu and Juventus’ Merih Demiral, can cause an upset.

“Having guys who have played in Serie A clubs is beneficial because they understand how things work in Italy and the attitude these teams take,” Gunes added.

“We must maintain our focus; otherwise, serious difficulties may arise. The group’s first and last games. (This is a brief piece.)


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