Manager Roberto Mancini admitted that playing in front of a raucous home crowd helped Italy open their Euro 2020 account in a winning fashion.
The Azure started the tournament comfortably 3-0 win over Turkey in Rome. Merih Admiral turns the ball into his own net from Domenico Berardi A violent cross to open the scoring in the 53rd minute. unmoved siro He then scored in the 65th minute after Leonardo Spinazola’s shot was saved by Ogurkan Kakir.
Then Immobile turned to the provider, orchestrating Lorenzo Insigne to smash the house and make sure it’s there No nervous end for the Italians. The home team took a while to smash Senol Gunes’ men but they were much better in the end.
There seems to be a lot of togetherness in the team after the final whistle. Mancini was pleased with the show and admitted that the return of spectators was a big factor.
“We played well. With it being the first match, it wasn’t easy and we were against a good team.” “The fans helped us, and it was necessary for us to move the ball quickly.”
Italy is now undefeated in 28 matches, going back to 2018. They next face Switzerland on June 16 before ending proceedings against Wales on June 20.
Despite their undefeated streak, Mancini’s men were not ready to win the championship. But, playing at home, they should have no problem getting out of the group stage.
Badge praises Mancini’s influence
Mancini took the helm in Italy in May 2018 after a short spell at Zenit Saint Petersburg. He won 24 of 33 matches and lost only two matches.
It remains to be seen if they can move forward as there will be more stringent tests from Turkey along the way.
But striker Insigne was full of praise for the way the former Manchester City boss motivated the players.
“Our strength is the group; the coach has created a great group in which there are no beginners and players off the bench and each of us is always ready to sacrifice for our teammates.”
“Winning is the most important thing – if you score, it will be even better. It was a great night.”
Former Spain star Cesc Fabregas admired the same discipline that Italy displayed throughout the 90 minutes.
“Turkey couldn’t hold the ball, the worst thing you can do when you’re defending like that is just kick it and not have the ball for 10 seconds because they eat you alive,” he told the BBC.