Mancini is confident that Italy can overcome frustration and qualify for the 2022 World Cup

Rome: Roberto Mancini, coach of the Italian national team, has expressed confidence in the strength of his team, despite the loss of the opportunity to directly qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, and happy to try to qualify through the qualifying playoffs. The Italian national team, champion of the last edition of the European Nations Cup, fell into the trap of a goalless draw with Northern Ireland in Belfast, while the Swiss team achieved a great victory over their Bulgarian counterpart 4-0, qualifying questlast directly in the final. “I am disappointed,” said Mancini in the comments reported by “Football Italia” late on Monday evening. He added: “We made our lives difficult and we had to qualify for at least two games. We had chances that we didn’t take advantage of. Now we have to move forward at a fast pace because there is still a chance to qualify for the World Cup.” “I think we are a great team – added Mancini -. It’s a difficult moment. We lost the qualification we had.” He explained: “It will be different next March (the play-offs). They are the knockout games, so there will be opportunities to play and win.” The Italian team finished their qualifying campaign by occupying second place in Group C with 16 points, two points behind leaders Switzerland, who cut the pass ticket to the World Cup in Qatar. (Dpa)

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