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Mancini says he is not a miracle-performer

PARMA, ITALY - MARCH 26: Italy coach Roberto Mancini looks on during the 2020 UEFA European Championships group J qualifying match between Italy and Liechtenstein at Ennio Tardini on March 26, 2019 in Parma, Italy. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)
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The Italy national team manager insists he’s not there to make miracles quickly but to build the squad for the future.

When Italy failed to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, many wanted a quick fix.

Roberto Mancini was chosen as the nation’s new manager, and a lot is expected from him, but according to the coach, he’s not a miracle worker.

“I know the work I have to do, I haven’t fallen from the clouds,” he was quoted by Football Italia.

“If you arrive when a situation is difficult, you’re forced to work quickly and, at the same time, restore enthusiasm and build for the future. We must also take risks.”

“Moise Kean knows the path he has to take, working hard and getting stuck in,” he added.

“He’s a good lad, he has quality and he was lucky enough to break through at a time when the national team needed young players like him and Zaniolo.”

“For us Italians, who are the descendants of inventors and geniuses, it’s normal to go and look out for talent,” he continued.

“I’m lucky that I don’t have to buy anyone. I only need to turn and choose.”

Mancini has been almost a year at the helm of the Azzurri, but before that, he managed some of the biggest names in football.

His career as a manager started with Fiorentina in 2001, and the next year he moved to Lazio.

In 2004 he managed Internazionale Milan for four years, before moving to England to coach Manchester City in 2009.

In 2013 he went to Galatasaray in Turkey, before returning in 2014 to Inter.

He took charge of Zenit Saint Petersburg, before being chosen as the new Italy coach.