Roberto Mancini

Roberto Mancini has urged calm following Italy’s 5-2 loss in the Nations League loss to Germany. 

Mancini admitted it wasn’t the results they were expecting while adding that it can not take away from the development of his young team.

“It’s a pity to close like this, but Germany are good and we knew that. We allowed them too much space in the first half,” the coach told RAI Sport.

“There were some good things, despite the result, but of course, it’s a pity. The group remains wide open.

“There were errors because we didn’t defend well as a unit. Some things didn’t work, we were trying to recover, and opened ourselves up to the counter-attack against these players, it’s always going to be a risk.
“This is the path, there are going to be risks and it absolutely does not wipe out what came before. There will be good moments and bad, it’s wide open and we’ll see what happens in September.”

“We had more debutants again tonight, we had four or five chances, but Germany did better.”

The defeat left Italy third in the group standings with five points, one behind second-placed Germany.

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