SINGAPORE - JULY 27: Gianluigi Buffon #30 of Paris Saint-Germain smiles during training ahead of the International Champions Cup 2018 match between Arsenal v Paris Saint Germain on July 27, 2018 in Singapore. (Photo by Thananuwat Srirasant/Getty Images for ICC)
SINGAPORE - JULY 27: Gianluigi Buffon #30 of Paris Saint-Germain smiles during training ahead of the International Champions Cup 2018 match between Arsenal v Paris Saint Germain on July 27, 2018 in Singapore. (Photo by Thananuwat Srirasant/Getty Images for ICC)

For the manager, the objective of his country is “to qualify for the Euro 2020 through the 2018-2019 UEFA Nations League”

The Italian national team is still trying to forget the failure to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

And for manager Roberto Mancini, the only objective the team has right now is the qualification to the 2020 European Championship through the UEFA Nations League.

“More patience is needed, but it’s a word that doesn’t exist in Italy and football in general,” Mancini told reporters as quoted by Football Italia.

“We’ve made our way on a road that isn’t easy, but we’re still in the Nations League and our objective is to qualify for the European Championship.”

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“I read the newspapers a bit after our first two games, and the same things were still being written about the national team, even after 20 years,” he added.

“We still have quality players and we’re starting a whole new project, which I’m sure will lead to us doing well.”

“The only problem we could face would be going into the draw for European Champions League, where we possibly risk facing some strong teams,” he continued.

“We have to do our best and try to qualify before that. We’re still in the mix. Unfortunately, the team didn’t go to the World Cup, so we’ve lost a bit of prestige.”