Manager Roberto Mancini has admitted playing in front of boisterous home fans has helped Italy open their Euro 2020 account in style.
The Azzurri started the tournament with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Turkey in Rome. Merih Demiral turned the ball into his own net of that of Domenico Berardi fierce cross to open the scoring in the 53rd minute. Ciro Immobile then scored 65 minutes after Leonardo Spinazzola’s volley was well saved by Ugurcan Cakir.
Immobile then became a supplier, tasking Lorenzo Insigne with breaking down the house and making sure there was no nervous end for the Italians. It took a while for the home side to break Senol Gunes’ men, but they were way too good in the end.
There seemed to be a unity in the squad after the final whistle. Mancini was happy with the display and admitted that the feedback from spectators was a huge factor.
“We played well. As it was the first game, it was not easy and we were against a good team, ”he said. “The crowd helped us and it was crucial for us to move the ball quickly. “
Italy are now 28 games unbeaten since 2018. They will then face Switzerland on June 16 before concluding proceedings against Wales on June 20.
Despite their unbeaten streak, Mancini’s men were not approached to win the tournament. But, playing at home, they should have no trouble coming out of the group stage.
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Mancini took the reins of Italy in May 2018 after a short stint at the helm of Zenit Saint Petersburg. He won 24 of his 33 games and lost only two.
It remains to be seen if they can make it through as there will be more difficult tests than Turkey along the way.
But striker Insigne is full of praise for how the former Manchester City boss galvanized the players.
“Our strength is the group; the coach has created a great group in which there are no starters or bench players and each of us is always ready to sacrifice ourselves for our teammates, ”he said.
“Winning is the most important thing – if I score it’s even better. It was a great night. “
Former Spain star Cesc Fabregas was also impressed with the discipline Italy displayed throughout the 90 minutes.
“Turkey couldn’t keep the ball, the worst thing you can do when you defend yourself like that is just take it out and not have the ball for 10 seconds because they eat you alive,” he said. he told the BBC.