BELFAST — Italy coach Roberto Mancini said he played impatiently when Gli Azzurri were held to a draw with Northern Ireland, Tuesday (16/11) early morning WIB. A 0-0 draw made the Azzurri failed to top Group C, because in another match Switzerland won 4-0 over Bulgaria. Therefore, Italy needs a win in the match at Windsor Park, Belfast. But this cannot be realized by Italy, who does not have a pure striker in this match.
“We can’t wait to play, because it feels like time is running out and we want this game to be over quickly,” said Mancini, quoted from Football-italy , Tuesday (16/11).
According to him, Northern Ireland is a team that is difficult to penetrate when playing at home. Mancini said Northern Ireland defended very well by relying on physical ability. Italy’s situation is also less favorable because Ciro Immobile is absent due to injury.
That’s why Lorenzo Insigne plays False Nine . However, Mancini praised his players for doing their best and giving everything for the team.
”So it doesn’t matter who plays. It’s about the mentality we have as a unit. I hope this is a night that we close feeling very happy on the flight back to Italy,” said Mancini.
According to the former SS Lazio player, his team got themselves stuck in a self-made predicament. Mancini was annoyed, it should be, his team had locked tickets to Qatar since the previous two matches.
“I still believe we are a great team. Right now is a difficult moment. We hope the game in the play-offs is more open because earlier against Northern Ireland, we were against a team that only defended,” said the former Inter Milan coach.