Ebene News – CA – Italy’s Mancini is wary of the physical terrain of Lithuania and Vilnius

Wednesday March 31, 2021

Soccer Football – European World Cup Qualifying – Italy Press Conference, Sofia, Bulgaria – March 27, 2021 Italian manager Roberto Mancini at the REUTERS / Stoyan Nenov press conference

(Reuters) – Italy coach Roberto Mancini said Wednesday’s World Cup qualifier against a Lithuanian physical side would not be easy and highlighted his concerns about the playing surface in Vilnius

Italy have taken two out of two wins in their Group C games and remain unbeaten in their last 24 games

The Azzurri’s third qualifier for the Qatar 2022 final will take place at the LFF stadium and Mancini is not taking anything for granted despite his team’s positive start

“Lithuania are a physical team that defend well,” he said at a press conference on Tuesday “They will do better than they did against Switzerland (in Sunday’s 1-0 loss) and a third game in a short time is still very difficult

“The quality of the pitch is a concern We are not used to playing on surfaces like this but we have two days to try it”

Mancini, who has indicated he could make his debut at Atalanta defender Rafael Toloi, also spoke of his frustration over uncertainty over whether fans will be allowed to attend Italy’s games in Rome during this year’s European Championship

As it stands, the rescheduled Euro 2020 tournament is still going as planned, with matches taking place across Europe, but it is unclear whether supporters will be present at all stadiums in the host city

“I don’t know why the government has not given the green light to play European Championship matches in Italy with the public at the stadium because there should be a lot of people vaccinated,” Mancini said

“I don’t know if they will be there or not I hope everything is going well for June, even a little earlier”

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Ebene News – CA – L ‘Italian Mancini is wary of physique Lithuania and Vilnius ground

Source: https://www.thestar.com.my/sport/football/2021/03/31/italy039s-mancini-wary-of-physical-lithuania-and-vilnius-pitch