On July 6, exactly 3 months ago tomorrow, Luis Enrique saw how Spain missed the European Championship final after a penalty shootout. Now he can take revenge, although soon Italy will have the advantage of the land.
“I’d love to be here in Italy,” Luis Enrique said, perhaps considering going back to his time as Roma coach. “I love the coffee here, the ice cream. I love the Italian sun and I love this Italian selection.”
“In terms of football, this Italian team is probably the closest to our team. We both want the ball, so it will be a serious battle who will get it most often. But it is no coincidence of course that Italy has already got the ball. Unbeaten In 37 consecutive matches.
Roberto Mancini was also reminded of that impressive run of 37 unbeaten matches in his pre-match press conference against Spain. He indicated that this will eventually come to an end. “We would prefer to keep this series until the 2022 World Cup, but it will not be easy.”
“At the moment we are mainly focused on getting to the Nations League final. In addition, the youngsters want to see progress. We have 14 months until the World Cup and they need matches at this level.”
Mancini also returned to the semi-finals of the European Championship. “We gave up at the time. It was the best match in Spain and they got us into trouble for possession. Now we will have to deal with certain situations better.”
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