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After losing the last World Cup for the first time since 1958, the Italians want Qatar to avoid any defeat in the current qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup, especially after winning the European Cup this summer.
Thursday’s match at the Artemio Franசிois Stadium in Florence will be the Italian team’s first appearance since winning the title on July 11 at the loss of England.
Coach Roberto Mancini’s men play the first crowd in a three – match series against Bulgaria in the fourth round of Group C at this international window due to the aftermath of the corona virus.
Italy leads the group after winning by nine points from three matches, but the direct qualification will go to the leaders of each of the ten teams, and the next match for “Asuri” will take place in Switzerland on Sunday, which saw World Cup champions France knocked out.
Chelsea midfielder Chelsea, who was selected by the federation as Europe’s best player to help lead the London club to the Champions League title this season, said, “Italy is no longer an amazing team and now the trouble begins” to win the European Cup.
“We’re back to where we were (in the best teams in the world), whoever confronts us will behave differently (than in the last few years). Humility, because when you relax, bad things start.”
Italy won the European Cup in an attractive style, completely different from their famous monotonous defensive style, thanks to the contact of coach Mancini who was able to connect a team of talented midfielders led by Giorgino who played a key role. In a series with 34 games in a row for the team without defeat.
– ‘Unity is what sets us apart’
Giorgino “The coach changed the way the national team played. I don’t think he sent a message not only to other countries, but (now) to the Italian people who enjoy watching us, I think.”
“There are many teams with good players, but what sets us apart is unity. The team that made the difference, we will continue to do this.”
And by winning the European Cup at Wembley, England’s stronghold, Giorgino gave his team the opportunity to speak proudly when they returned to Chelsea’s training, where he met his fellow England trio of Mason Mount, Ben Sylvel and Reese James.
Giorgino touched on the meeting with three colleagues and said, “I enjoyed it, but I don’t think they had much fun! I have to say they welcomed me back, but thank God we won …”.
The Brazilian-born player admitted he was “shocked” when he learned that Brazilian legend Pele said he was a 29-year-old fan who scored for the Brazilian club, N’Colo Conte and his teammate in Belgium. Gamemaker Kevin de Bruyne vs. Wifa for Best Player in Europe. He and his team, Manchester City, lost to local rivals Chelsea in the Champions League final.
When asked by a journalist if he was thinking about the possibility of winning the annual Ballon d’Or award presented by the French magazine “France Football” to the best player in the world, the Italian replied with a laugh, “We have several months to reach this conclusion (the award is given in December).
Based on the paper and Mancini’s lead, Italy appears to be a strong candidate who will directly decide the qualifying ticket for the 2022 final, leaving the competition between Switzerland, Northern Ireland and Bulgaria and its third adversary. International Window, Lithuania.
The runners-up in the top ten teams will play two qualifying teams from the Nations League to determine the remaining three cards for the final for the older teams.
Switzerland are currently in second place (6 points from two matches), Northern Ireland (one point from two matches), Bulgaria (one point from three matches) and Lithuania (without points after two matches).
Italy beat Northern Ireland in Burma, Bulgaria in Sofia and Lithuania in Vilnius 2-0 in their first three matches on Thursday.
21 2021 AFP
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