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World Cup disappointment helped Italy according to Roberto Manicni

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Roberto Mancini has stated that the national team’s failure to qualify for the World Cup aided the team’s desire to do well in the future

Roberto Mancini is definitely on the verge of something promising. Since becoming the manager of the 2006 World Cup winners, the former Manchester City manager has turned things around.

The Azzurri have once against become a force to be reckoned with and boast a plethora of young players who have a burning desire to do well.

The national team’s recent performances have definitely made fans forget about the disastrous World Cup qualification campaign.

Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup in Russia and watched on as the likes of England, Belgium, France and Croatia impressed everyone with their performances.

Things are very much different now. After picking up a 3-0 win over Greece in the UEFA Euro qualifiers, Italy are getting closer and closer to qualifying for next year’s competition.

Speaking with the press ahead of the vital game against Bosnia, Mancini spoke in great detail about the disappointment there was after last year’s failure.

The astute tactician, as reported by Calciomercato, stated, “There are moments when things go wrong, but Italy that did not qualify for the World Championship was strong: they are moments that happen, I believe that after the disappointment there was an extra boost, something different and more beautiful.”

Currently Italy’s ranking is nowhere near a place that justifies history. However, Mancini hopes to improve on that too.

“We hope to continue winning to climb it, Italy does not deserve to be in that position. I have always been relaxed. I am here because I enjoy this. I like to train the boys; they are all good and quality players so it’s a pleasure.”

Mancini however has said that the game against Greece will not be a straightforward affair as evidenced by France’s 2-0 defeat to Turkey.