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Mancini explains how hard is to be a national team manager

FLORENCE, ITALY - APRIL 29: Head coach Italy Roberto Mancini looks on during a Italy training session at Centro Tecnico Federale di Coverciano on April 29, 2019 in Florence, Italy. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
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The Italy boss says is very difficult being without his players for longs periods of time, because he has ideas he cannot apply to the team.

Italy national team manager Roberto Mancini believes being the country’s coach is very difficult.

Sometimes he says he has an idea, but cannot apply it, since his players are not available.

And now, almost one year since he was hired as Italy’s boss, he is preparing his team to face Greece and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

“The majority of the group hasn’t been on the national team for long, two more weeks won’t be a problem,” he told Gianluca Di Marzio.

“The most petty thing is going months without being able to coach.”

“Ideas come to me, but I’m unable to apply them,” he said.

“We’re hoping to be repaid at the Euros.”

“There are teams ahead of us,” he continued.

“France is above everyone, but nobody has a phenom.”

“If we do a good job, if we play an offensive football that is fun and gratifying, results will arrive,” Mancini said.

“We’re Italy, we can make like France or Spain and begin a cycle.”

He explained: “Who do we need to pay attention to? Kean, he’s only 19. It depends on him, but he can become an extraordinary attacker. Then Tonali, Barella, Mancini, Zaniolo.”

“Belotti and Balotelli? For Mario, the door is always open.”

“I’ll call up Belotti. We’re playing a certain type of game and we need a certain type of player. He has other qualities, but if he scores,” he concluded.