Roberto Mancini revealed that Italy has what it takes to win Euro 2020. They became the first side to reach the knockout stage on Wednesday. Manuel Locatelli scored a brace to help Italy to a 3-0 win against Switzerland. Ciro Immobile rounded off the scoring with his second goal of the tournament. They now lead Group A after Wales beat Turkey in the other group game. The win marked the 10th consecutive win for the Italians without conceding.
“In the European Championship there’s France, Portugal, and Belgium – one of those are world champions, another are European champions and the other is the number one ranked side in the world.” Roberto Mancini said after their second Euro 2020 match. “These are teams who have been built over a number of years and it’s only natural they are further along than us but everything can happen in football, you shouldn’t take anything for granted.”
“Every match is difficult, you always have to go out there and play. I’ve been fortunate in that I have had some very good players who like playing the game, they enjoy being out there and like taking risks,” he added. “The players are the ones who deserve the credit. I try to explain my thought process and there is still a long way to go.”
Switzerland now are in a precarious position in the group. A draw against Wales followed by a loss against Italy leaves them with one point after two games. They will now take on a Turkish side who are themselves pointless after two games.
“We played against a strong team, they caused us a lot of problems and we weren’t 100 percent.” Switzerland boss Vladimir Petkovic said. “We were insecure on the pitch which is normally not in our character. It’s disappointing, I have already talked to the team and from tomorrow we have to look ahead, be positive, and ready for our decisive match against Turkey to have the chance to make the last 16.”