Mancini

Why Italian football is now thriving

Italian football is in a good place right now, with several teams challenging Juventus for the title on the domestic front and the national team having a clear identity under Robert Mancini.

The latter hadn’t been a problem for Italy for a long time, in fairness. Historically, the Azzurri were built on a solid defence, boasting tactically astute, ruthless players who could grind out wins – usually without conceding a goal.

INTER CAN SUCCEED

Inter Milan had a busy summer transfer window as the Italian club managed to sign: Geoffrey Kondogbia, Miranda, Ivan Perisic and Stevan Jovetic just to name a few of them and they also offloaded a few high profile players including: Mateo Kovacic and Hernanes.

There is no doubt that Inter Milan is seriously attempting to win the Serie A title which they haven’t lifted since the 2009-10 season.

Roberto Mancini says that he does not feel happy about foreign-based players

Inter Milan manager Roberto Mancini says that he does not feel happy about foreign-based players being called up for the Italian national team.

Mancini was speaking after the latest Italian squad announced by manager Antonio Conte contained the two more players born in other countries. However, they have been naturalised as a result of spending a long time in Italy and also not been called up for their home country’s national teams. Several European countries have gone this route of adopting players and it is largely South American or African players.