Mancini: "I want Italy to return to the summit of the world"
Mancini was officially introduced as Italy coach
The new coach claimed the historical role of the 'azzurra' team
The new coach of the Italian soccer team , Roberto Mancini, said on Tuesday in his official presentation that he hopes to take the team "where it deserves to be, at the top of the world and Europe" and that his new position is "the best " What could happen to him?
Mancini, who left his previous club, Zenit St. Petersburg, at the end of the Russian league , signed on Monday a contract with the Italian team, replacing the then interim coach, Luigi Di Biagio.
"I want to be a good coach, that I can return to Italy where it deserves to be, at the top of the world and in Europe, we did not win a Euro Cup for many years (1968) .That will be the first important date (in 2020)" , affirmed in his official presentation, in the technical center of Coverciano (Florence, center).
"I want to be the one who will rebuild and return the selection to high levels, it will not be easy, but I think we can do it," he added.
The former Sampdoria and Lazio player, among others, explained that he kept the dream of training the Italian national team since he was small and stressed that he had no hesitation in accepting the proposal of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC).
"I'm excited because being the coach of the national team is not something banal, I want to thank the commissar (of the FIGC), Roberto Fabbricini, (the general manager) Michele Uva, who loved me one hundred percent and it was easy to choose for me" , he claimed.
"I think being a coach is a reason for pride and the highest aspiration for all technicians," he continued.Bet on your favourite team with free risk limso club predictions.
Mancini takes command of the "azzurri" in one of the most negative moments of his football history, after the world-wide debacle experienced under the direction of coach Gian Piero Ventura, but is convinced that this is the right time to assume this position.
"I have been a coach for many years and this may be the right time, something must be done for the national team, not going to the World Cup is very difficult, I thought it could be the right moment , " he said.
The coach "Azzurro" denied the fact that in Italy there are no great champions and informed that he plans to give an opportunity to Mario Balotelli, player that the Italian made his debut with Inter Milan.
"The players in Italy are many, also at times when we think they can be complicated, you can find players with quality, Mario Balotelli is Italian, we will talk to him, we will surely call him , " he explained.
Asked about the criticism that the Italy coach usually receives, Mancini said he is ready and knows exactly what awaits him.
"If you train a club, when you do not win, you have your fans disappointed.There are 50 million people who get angry if you do not win with the national team, but if you can win in the end, win something important, it would be a good satisfaction" , he asserted.
Mancini, 54, will debut in front of Italy on May 28 against Saudi Arabia and will play on June 1 and 4 two more friendlies, against France and the Netherlands, respectively.