Italy’s coach Roberto Mancini has expressed confidence that there is more to come from his team in the coming matches of ongoing Euro 2020. Italy got off to a winning start in the tournament as they convincingly defeated Turkey by 3-0 at Stadio Olimpico on Saturday last week.
Thus, Italy extended their unbeaten streak to 28 matches, and they are two matches away from matching their record which was set up almost a century ago. Mancini admitted that the game against Turkey was difficult but they were confident after scoring the opener.
“The Turkey game was difficult,” Mancini told a news conference. “But when we scored, they opened up. We will have to win the next one and if possible also the next one. We have to do our best.
“I am confident. This is an excellent team that can only improve. If the English bookmakers say (Italy are favourites), we accept it because they get it right, but the championship is still long. We have much work to do.”
If Azzuri go on to win their next Group A match against Switzerland, they will become the first team to book their place in the knockout stages. Mancini believes the Swiss team will give a run for their money to his team as they have always done in the past.
“Switzerland has always put Italy in difficulty,” he added. “They are always among the top rankings in world football, with good and experienced players, and they have a coach who knows Italy very well having coached here previously. “It will be difficult, and we will need to be at our top level.”
Italy were not able to qualify for the 2018 World Cup and they will aim to go all the way in the Euro 2020.