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Mancini needs to get Italy back to winning ways

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By Football Italiano

Wednesday 10 October 2018

This week Italy host Ukraine in a friendly, that will give coach Roberto Mancini the opportunity to make final preparations for the Nations League clash away to Poland on Sunday. But one thing is becoming clear for the Azzurri, that this week they need to get back to winning ways.

Mancini came to the job on the back of the awful performances under Giampiero Ventura, that saw Italy fail to even qualify for the World Cup in Russia 2018. However, despite a slight improvement in their style of play (and it could hardly have been worse to be fair), results have not been forthcoming, and you wouldn't be putting your money on them this week at south africa's puntcasino.

Since his appointment, Italy have won just one of five matches, his debut at home to Saudi Arabia, and the Nations League so far has seen a draw with Poland and defeat to Portugal. So with four games without a victory, the Azzurri need to get a win this week.

Mancini does have the unenviable task of creating a competitive side out of a set of players that have few stand outs among them. He has brought Lorenzo Insigne and Federico Bernadeschi into the setup after their inexplicable absence from the first team under Ventura, and he has brought through one of the new hopes of Italian football, Federico Chiesa.

The squad for the Ukraine and Poland clashes also sees the likes of Emerson, Pellegrini, Biraghi and Cutrone, other youngsters who could cement their places in the squad. But one key addition that Mancini has made since the last match is the call up of Sebastien Giovinco.

Giovinco, now 31 years old, has been playing for Toronto in Canada, and has been largely overlooked due to not playing in one of the top leagues. What Italy will hope for is that he can show the same kind of quality against better opponents, and can prove the catalyst in attack for a more exciting and threatening attack.

Through youngsters, new stars, or old talents rediscovered, Mancini needs to get Italy back to winning ways this week.

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