Italy manager Roberto Mancini has already started to focus on one of the most important games of the year against Switzerland next month after the European champions quickly found their way back to victory and beat Belgium in the Nations League on Sunday.
Italy’s 37-game unbeaten streak was interrupted by a misstep against Spain in the Nations League semi-finals, but they quickly recovered and beat Belgium 2-1 to take third place thanks goals from Nicola Parilla and Domenico Berardi from the penalty spot.
“We played two great matches,” Mancini said at a press conference. Today we made some changes to the squad, but despite that the squad also performed very well.
Mancini’s attention quickly turned to the next challenge, and facing Switzerland in the World Cup qualifiers in Rome on November 12, in a game that could decide the leaders of Group C, who will qualify directly for the final phase without the need for a play-off.
Switzerland lost 3-0 to Italy in the Euro 2020 group stage before drawing 0-0 in the World Cup qualifiers last month and will have a chance to share the lead with Mancini’s team if they beat Lithuania on Tuesday.
Mancini said: “It will be a tough game, as it was in the European Championship and in Basel, we will play at home. The game of the year will be after the European Championship games. We know that we are playing at home. have to win.
Mancini made history after scoring 30 victories as Italy coach in just 44 appearances.