Italy’s Roberto Mancini lauds the team’s ability to handle pressure in the Euro 2020 opening.

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Italy’s Roberto Mancini lauds the team’s ability to handle pressure in the Euro 2020 opening.

After his side’s resounding 3-0 victory over Turkey in the Euro 2020 opener in Rome on Friday night, Italy head coach Roberto Mancini commended his players for handling the pressure well.

Early in the second half, Merih Demiral’s own goal gave Italy a merited lead, and goals from Ciro Immobile and Lorenzo Insigne served as a warning that Mancini’s side is a genuine contender.

“It wasn’t easy since it was the first match in the Olympic Stadium, with the crowd behind us,” Mancini stated in his post-match press conference.

“We anticipated there would be a little more pressure than usual, but I’m quite pleased with the result.”

Italy dominated the game and were rewarded for their patience and daring on the ball as Turkey’s defense was overrun.

Mancini added, “We’re thrilled to have put a smile on the faces of all the Italians who watched the game.”

“It was a fantastic evening. I expected it to be a memorable experience, but we also knew it wouldn’t be easy, as Turkey is a strong squad with many outstanding players.

“We put on a great show, and we didn’t give them many chances at all.”

Italy extended their unbeaten streak to 28 games – their last defeat came against Portugal in November 2018 – but Mancini remained realistic about the team’s chances of winning the tournament.

“We only have six games left!” Added the former Manchester City manager. “There’s still a long way to go, and this competition has a lot of talented teams.

“It was critical to get out on the right foot. We put up a great show against a team that wasn’t as bad as they appeared.”

Senol Gunes, Turkey’s head coach, could not disguise his displeasure as his team failed to meet his expectations in the tournament opener.

“They were more dominant than us; we dropped the ball so many times, giving our opponent the upper hand,” Gunes remarked.

“We just became sidetracked and lost control after we allowed the first goal. (This is a brief piece.)

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