Roberto Mancini staying focused on Italy’s “fundamental games”

Italy manager Roberto Mancini refused to get carried away by their 6-0 thrashing of Liechtenstein and instead focused on June’s Euro 2020 qualifiers.

The Azzurri secured a second consecutive win to move clear on top of Group J on Tuesday night by beating Liechtenstein 6-0.

36-year-old Fabio Quagliarella grabbed headlines for becoming Italy’s oldest scorer by bagging two penalties.

Stefano Sensi, Marco Verratti, Moise Kean and Leonardo Pavoletti were the other scorers as Italy extended their unbeaten run to six matches.

But Mancini, whose future was in doubt last week, is already focusing on Italy’s next Group J fixtures against Bosnia and Greece.

“We had the right approach from the start,” Mancini told Rai Sport.

“The win was assumed, but it was important to keep the right concentration levels and score a lot of goals.

“It was crucial that we created lots of chances and passing moves to make it a real game.

“In June, Bosnia and Greece will probably be fundamental games for the group.”

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Meanwhile, veteran striker Quagliarella thanked Mancini for the opportunity give to him after making his first Italy start since October 2009 in a World Cup qualifier against Cyprus.

“It’s a wonderful evening with two goals,” said Quagliarella.

“I am 36-years-old, but I don’t feel it. I am happy, physically in good shape.

“I thank Roberto Mancini, who watched me throughout the season and gave me this opportunity.

“We are top of the group, and it’s a young squad that can only grow.”

Quagliarella leads the Serie A scoring charts this season, with 21 goals in 27 appearances for Sampdoria. He’s also chipped in seven assists.

The former Juventus striker will now be looking to finish off the campaign by winning the Serie A’s Capocannoniere award for the first time in his career.

On the other hand, Italy will return to action on June 8 on a trip to Greece.

PARMA, ITALY – MARCH 26: Fabio Quagliarella of Italy leaves the field after being substituted 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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