Mancini bemoans Italy's misfortune in front of goal

Bad luck is to blame for Italy's recent troubles in front of goal, according to head coach Roberto Mancini.

Roberto Mancini saw his dominate Portugal at the San Siro on Friday, but didn't make its dominance count and was held to a 0-0 draw.   -  Getty Images

Roberto Mancini does not believe his "unlucky" Italy side could have done much more to improve its underwhelming form in front of goal.

The Azzurri has scored just three goals in five games this season and failed to reach the Nations League Finals, with Portugal guaranteed to top its group after a goalless draw between the two teams.

But while Mancini is concerned by this profligacy, he claims Italy has simply been unfortunate in recent matches.

"Of course it is a problem, because if you do not score, you do not win," he told a news conference. "But between the games against Ukraine, Poland and Portugal, we have created 20 chances.

"Against Portugal, for example, the goalkeeper made great saves. There is not much more we can do to score, except throw it in! I think it was a matter of being unlucky.

"It will turn sooner or later. The important thing is that we continue to create and play well in attack."

Despite these issues, Mancini is content he has now settled on a system with Italy and will look to line up with a similar side again against United States on Tuesday.

"If those who played on Saturday are fine, they could all play again," the coach said ahead of the friendly in Belgium. "We will evaluate who will replace the players who have returned home.

"We waited a while to have all the players who were injured in the first matches, players who fitted my plans, like [Marco] Verratti for example."

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