Mancini: “Fascinating challenge and the most difficult. Napoli will help us”
Today, Thursday 23 March 2023, Italy-England is being played, the first match valid for the Euro 2024 qualifiers. The two teams will face each other at the Maradona Stadium in Naples, kick-off scheduled at 20.45. The match will be broadcast live on Rai 1 and streamed on RaiPlay.
“Italy-England is very fascinating. Playing games at this level is very nice and important. Being the first, it’s also the most difficult. With the English it seems to have become a friendly match, we’ve played so many times in the last two years that it’s becoming a classic Italy-Germany type” said the coach of the national team Roberto Mancini exclusively to the microphones of the Media Factory Figc a few hours before the match. “Naples has always been a stadium full of enthusiasm, it is with its team and it always has been with the national team as well. It will be a beautiful evening and the public will help us,” added Mancini.
Opposing coach Gareth Southgate said he wanted to make history as England haven’t won since 1961 in Italy: “I think England are one of the best teams in the world, they’ve had a string of players of incredible quality for some time now. For us it will be difficult but I think that we too will create some problems for them. It will not be an easy match for either team. Now a new cycle begins until 2026, in between the Nations League and another European championship, the hope is to do better. trying to achieve some goal”.