The attacking power of the Azzurri has been very low in the past two years, and this is why Mancini wants to focus on that aspect.
Italy has been in what many called the two worst years in history for the Azzurri in international football.
The team failed to qualify to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia and then didn’t play well in the UEFA Nations League.
This is why manager Roberto Mancini is working the weakest aspects of the squad, in order to strengthen them and see an Azzurri comeback.
“I decided to call-up more forwards than usual because we have to work on that aspect,” he told Gianluca Di Marzio.
“I left some at home with disappointment, but they are still apart of the group and they can still come back into the fold.”
“Belotti? He is one of them that was left at home. I think he can do better and come back to the squad. He was with us at the start, but now there are others,” he continued.
“Mario Balotelli? He is not in the optimal conditions to play in the national team.”
“He is getting better, but we expect a lot from him and he is getting a lot of experience and maturity. He needs more time,” Mancini explained.
“Zaniolo? He has grown a lot and credit goes to Eusebio Di Francesco, who gave him confidence. He has always done well even during his difficult moments.”
“All those who are here can play and he is one of them,” he said.
“Mauro Icardi? It is difficult to have an idea from the outside, as I don’t know the dynamics. I wouldn’t be fair to comment, but I feel sorry for Mauro because he is a good player.”
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