The Italian national team will try their luck to qualify for the Qatar 2022 World Cup when they meet Switzerland at Stadio Olimpico in Rome on Saturday (13/11) early in the morning WIB. Italy coach Roberto Mancini hopes his side will appear calmer in the game.
The Euro 2020 champions lead Group C of the 2022 World Cup European zone qualifiers with 14 points, the result of four wins, two draws and no losses. Their points are equal to those of Switzerland who are both fighting for a place to qualify for Qatar next year.
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Mancini called back to appear calm. The former Manchester City manager has said the game against Switzerland will always be difficult.
“We have to be calm in view of this important game. The game against Switzerland will always be difficult, and it will happen,” said Roberto Mancini.
Roberto Mancini took charge of the Azzurri after their failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. A grim record for the first time they lost their place at the World Cup in six decades.
“It was important for us to play well because after the Euro it’s the biggest game of the year. We knew we had to win,” said Mancini.
But Mancini is trying to keep his cool playing for the game that will bring Italy back to football’s biggest stage after eight years.
“I don’t think we have everything to lose,” Mancini said of the pressure to win.
“It’s an important game, a very important fact, and it is true that if we had won it would have opened the door to the World Cup, but it is only a football game.”
Ahead of the game, Mancini lost center-forward Ciro Immobile to a calf injury, as well as Roma midfielders Lorenzo Pellegrini and Nicolo Zaniolo
Apart from them, the absence of captain Giorgio Chiellini, who has yet to recover from a thigh injury, has also been felt for Mancini’s side.
However, the good news is that midfielder Nicola Barella is fit and ready to play in front of more than 50,000 fans at Stadio Olimpico.
The Inter man could well complete the midfield trio with Jorginho and Manuel Locatelli, after Marco Verratti was ruled out with injury.
Big problems await us, as Immobile was withdrawn with a calf injury, while Andrea Belotti is still not in great shape after more than a month of absence with a sprained ankle.
Sassuolo’s Gianluca Scamacca and Giacomo Raspadori have little international experience and are not always the top picks at club level either.
Therefore, it is likely that Roberto Mancini will pick three strikers Domenico Berardi, Insigne and Chiesa. All three can play very flexibly with Insignia or Chiesa can be a false nine.
Meanwhile, Switzerland have also lost several key players such as Granit Xhaka and Benfica Haris Seferovic.
Switzerland coach Murat Yakin is also very upset by the absence of Borussia striker Moenchengladbach Breel Embolo, who injured his thigh in the 1-1 draw with Mainz which left Switzerland short. of players in the front.
“I couldn’t believe it, I thought it wasn’t true, not until such an important game,” said Yakin.
“He’s often played out of position but he adapts and always gives it his all,” he said.
Embolo played in the World Cup qualifiers for Switzerland last month, scoring twice in a 2-0 win over Northern Ireland and scoring twice as Switzerland beat Lithuania 4-0 . (Mal / AFP / OL-6)