ROME – Roberto Mancini, Italy coach, on Wednesday expressed his pride in the 3-0 triumph against Switzerland on the second day of the European Championship and considered that his players still have “room to improve”.
“We have room to improve, some players are young, they have never played the European cups. Our young people have enormous room for improvement,” Mancini said at a press conference at the end of the match at the Olympic Stadium in Rome.
Italy beat Switzerland 3-0 with a double from Manuel Locatelli and a goal from Ciro Immobile, after beating Turkey with the same result in their debut, and sealed their ticket to the round of 16 a day early.
Mancini stressed that in this European Championship there are still more prepared teams than Italy, but said that “anything is possible” when referring to the options of the “azzurri” to reach the end.
“In this European Championship we have France, Portugal, Belgium. They are world champion teams, European champions, first in the ranking. They are teams that have grown and are more prepared than us, but in football everything is possible,” he said.
“We have been very good up to now, but the road is very long,” he added.
He showed his leadership and did not want to stop at his work but gave credit to the players.
“The games are all difficult, some may be easier, but you always have to play and win. My luck is to have good players, who have fun and take risks, that is something key in football,” he said.
He also sent a message of encouragement to Switzerland, which is in third position with a single point after two rounds, and defined it as an “optimal” selection.
“Switzerland is an excellent team, with technical and powerful players. We played very well, we deserved to win, but I think they have a good team,” he said.