Former Italy CT Giampiero Ventura has hailed Roberto Mancini’s reign. “I’m in full agreement with the work he’s done.”

Mancini replaced Ventura after Italy’s failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup and has gone on to not only revitalise the national team but also leave them on the verge of the Finals at Euro 2020.

“Mancini until now has been really good, beyond the calibre of teams he’s faced, and I’m in full agreement with the work he’s done,” the Salernitana boss told Julia Italia.

“In particular, I’d like to focus on our batch of young talents, which is extremely important.

“Some have grown a huge amount like Chiesa, Barella and Sensi… Di Lorenzo, on the other hand, has been one of the best to come through. I also remember Zaniolo from Roma.

“The hope I have for Italy is not just to qualify for Euro 2020, qualification that will 99 percent be achieved, but above all represent a hard core that gives young players a chance, with a path that can become historic for our nation.

“Italy must get back where they deserve to be, which is among the great sides.”

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