Italy Coach Roberto Mancini On Inter Defender After Spain Defeat: “Alessandro Bastoni Needs To Play In These Games”

Italy Coach Roberto Mancini On Inter Defender After Spain Defeat: “Alessandro Bastoni Needs To Play In These Games”
October 7, 2021 13:00
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Italy coach Roberto Mancini has suggested that Alessandro Bastoni needs more experience playing in big international fixtures for the national team, according to a report in the Italian media.

Speaking in a press conference after Italy’s defeat to Spain in Milan, as has been reported by FcINternews, Roberto Mancini explained that the Inter defender needed to play against Spain for the experience rather than play Giorgio Chiellini twice.

“I would not have let Chiellini play two games in a row and Bastoni needs these games.”

Roberto Mancini made his defensive partnership choices very clear during Italy’s triumphant Euro 2020 campaign that ended with a win over England on penalties at Wembley.

He favoured the experienced heads of Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini over the more youthful Alessandro Bastoni.

His comments after the 2-1 Nations League semi-final defeat to Spain on Wednesday night suggest that he is now trying to give Alessandro Bastoni more experience of big international fixtures, which is why he started the game at San Siro and played the full 90 minutes.

By Euan Burns

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