Italy boss Roberto Mancini believes he was due a title after they beat England in the Euro 2020 final at Wembley on Sunday. Mancini could not win a trophy during his playing days. Italy finished third in the 1990 World Cup while he finished as a runner-up in the European Championship in 1986. Italy failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia but have been in spectacular form since then. They have now gone 34 games unbeaten with their last defeat coming in 2018.
“I was very fortunate to play in a great side in 1990 and a terrific under-21 team,” Italy boss Roberto Mancini said. “Despite the fact we were the best team, we didn’t win it and lost both times on penalties.”
Mancini was in tears on the sidelines after his side won the penalty shootout.
“It was the emotion which happens after achieving something incredible. It was the emotion of seeing the guys celebrate and the fans in the stands,” he added. “Seeing everything we have managed to create, all of the hard work we have put in over the last three years, but specifically the last 50 days which have been very hard. It’s the fact we have been able to forge this team spirit over the last 50 days, they have really created something which can never be separated going forward. They will always be synonymous with this triumph.”
Italy captain Giorgio Chiellini believes he felt “there was something magical in the air” right from the first kick of the ball in Rome. This was the first European championship for the Azzurri since their triumph back in 1968.
“A few tears fell. We all deserved it, at this age we realize even more what it means to win such a trophy,” Chiellini said. “We have been saying that something magical is in the air since the end of May, day after day.”