Mancini Calls Italy vs Switzerland “Important, but We Must Remain Calm”

Italy coach Roberto Mancini looked ahead to the Azzurri’s upcoming two 2022 World Cup qualifiers.

Speaking to gathered reporters in a press conference (via La Lazio Siamo Noi) yesterday, the Azzurri coach first commented on the condition of three of his midfielders.

Zaniolo and Pellegrini are not well, they are going home today. Barella we are evaluating him, it does not seem to be anything worrying but we will evaluate in these days. 

The others should be fine. The match will be important, but we must remain calm.

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The Italy coach was calm ahead of a key 2022 World Cup qualifier against Switzerland.

We must be calm in preparing for a match that is important, usually with Switzerland they are always difficult matches and Friday’s match will be as well. 

If we play like we did in the first game, we can get a great result, but I think we will do even better.

Finally, Mancini discussed the conditions of the Stadio Olimpico.

Rome was chosen for the certainty of having a large crowd, even during the European Championships, and for the climate. 

Usually the pitch is good, even now we are following it every day and despite the rugby match it has held up well.

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Lazio midfielder Danilo Cataldi was called up by Mancini following the departures of Zaniolo and Pellegrini.

The 27-year-old Italian midfielder has never made an appearance for the Azzurri but he has been previously called up, sitting on the bench in two matches back in 2016, when he was brought along by coach Gian Piero Ventura.

Cataldi has grown massively this season under coach Maurizio Sarri, working to become the perfect replacement for the aging Lucas Leiva.

The Italian midfielder has made 14 appearances across all competitions so far this season, scoring one goal in that time.

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