Italy’s football national coach Roberto Mancini does not want to qualify for the World Cup in Qatar, but also bring the title. “Our goal is to win the World Cup,” said the European Champion coach in the headquarters of the Azzurri in Coverciano near Florence on Monday.

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But first Italy has to survive the play-offs. In the semifinals, the Azzurri meet on Thursday (20:45 pm / Dazn) in Palermo on Nordmasedonia. Opponents in the final would be either Portugal or Turkey. “For this goal we have to win these two games,” said Mancini.

He does not have a plan b in the event that Italy should not qualify for the World Cup for the second time in a row, he only think of plan A. “We should probably not be in this situation, but in football there are always surprises and I do not take anything but of course, “said the 57-year-old.

“I’m confident, because I have good players and good professionals who have managed to win the victory at the European Championship by making an extraordinary team that has earned this success. From this, our self-confidence has to confidence Nourish, “Mancini said.

When asked why he appointed the naturalized Brazilian Joao Pedro instead of the striker Mario Balotelli in the squad, Mancini replied that he could use the Cagliari player more flexible. However, he regrets non-consideration balotellis.