Mancini confident of taking Italy new era

Italy has won both of its Euro 2020 qualifiers under Roberto Mancini so far, and the Azzurri coach wants to take the side into a new era.

Roberto Mancini is confident on Italy's quality.   -  Getty Images

Roberto Mancini is confident Italy can replicate the likes of France and Spain and usher in a new era heading into Euro 2020.

Italy failed to qualify for World Cup 2018, but has enjoyed a strong start to Euro 2020 qualification under Mancini, winning both of its opening games - 2-0 over Finland and 6-0 against Lichtenstein.

Its qualification campaign continues against Greece on June 8, before Italy hosts Bosnia-Herzegovina three days later.

And Mancini believes that his side can rebuild in a similar way to how Spain, World Cup winner in 2010, and current world champion France has previously done.

"If we do good work, if we play attacking football that is entertaining and gratifying, then results are possible," Mancini told La Stampa newspaper.

"We are Italy, we can be like France and Spain in opening up a new era. It's a good moment in our football. If we were to face France now, they’d beat us, but we’ll be able to have our say once Euro 2020 comes around.

"My idea was originally to target success in the 2022 World Cup, but now we can challenge for Euro 2020."

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Mancini has introduced a number of emerging talents into Italy's squad since taking over, and though he acknowledged inexperience could prove to be a problem, he has no concerns over throwing youngsters such as Moise Kean and Roma star Nicolo Zaniolo in at the deep end.

"We have some real young talents coming through," Mancini added. "Kean is only 19 years old, so it's up to him, but he can become an extraordinary striker. I sometimes use him on the wing, but if he does what he needs to, then he’ll be a centre-forward.

"Then there are Sandro Tonali, Nicolo Barella, Gianluca Mancini and Zaniolo. They look pretty talented to me and also physically strong, so we can have our say.

"There is the issue of experience, because in my day, we'd reach their age and already have three years of Serie A football under our belts. On the other hand, it's refreshing to see their reactions and naivety."

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