Finland Coach Markku Kanerva claims his players lost the morale to play doggedly after Italy scored their first goal.
Finland and Italy played against each other Saturday night at Udine and Markku is still disappointed at the 2-0 defeat.
The #Azzurri beat Finland 2-0 thanks to goals from two young talents with the result sending them top of Group J.
— Italy (@azzurri) March 23, 2019
Azzurri’s Nicolò Barella scored the first goal followed by the incredible and talented Moise Kean who added a second goal during the second half to help his national team clinch the victory.
Speaking after the match via Football Italia, Finland coach Markku Kanerva said:
“Obviously, I am disappointed by the result, but it does describe the way the game went,” said the Coach in his Press conference.
“It’s particularly frustrating about the first goal because there was a deflection. If we had found the net in a similar way, it would’ve been a very different second half.
“We knew that Kean would’ve played and discussed it yesterday. At the end of the day, Italy didn’t surprise us at all, but their midfield is very difficult to work against, which is why we bulked up that zone.”
Finland played with a 5-3-1-1 formation or a strong defensive version of a 3-5-1-1.
Huuhkajat avaa EM-karsintaurakkansa klo 21.45 Stadio Friulilla Udinessa Italian vieraana! 🇮🇹🇫🇮 Markku Kanerva on julkaissut avauskokoonpanonsa 1⃣1⃣ illan otteluun. 💪🏼
— Huuhkajat (@Huuhkajat) March 23, 2019
The coach emphasized that Italy is best positioned to win the match as they are the strongest opponent with many options of players on the bench.
“It was not our intention to be pegged back too deep, but we ended up against either Federico Bernardeschi or Ciro Immobile. Italy is the strongest opponents in the group and has so many alternatives on the bench too.
“Greece and Bosnia can have their say too, but Italy has more strength in depth.”