Roberto Mancini asks for CALM as Italy goes to Northern Ireland with its position in Qatar threatened
Roberto Mancini calls for CALM when his team from Italy go to Northern Ireland with their place in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar threatened, evoking memories of failing to make it to the 2018 edition.
- Italy needs to beat Northern Ireland on Monday to seal their place in the 2022 World Cup
- The champions of Euro 2020 did not make it to the 2018 edition of the tournament
- Roberto Mancini has called for calm ahead of Monday’s vital World Cup qualifier
Roberto Mancini has told his Italian players to keep calm against Northern Ireland in Belfast on Monday to banish the ghost of 58.
It has been 63 years since the defeat at Windsor Park in their last qualifying match cost Italy a place in the World Cup in Sweden.
If history repeats itself on Monday, and Italy concedes top spot in Group C to Switzerland after leading on goal difference at the start, they would still have a play-off in March to reserve a spot in Qatar.
Roberto Mancini wants calm as Italy faces crucial World Cup tie in Northern Ireland
Italians need to win on Monday to guarantee a place at the Qatar World Cup next winter
Considering that Italy missed the last World Cup for the first time since ’58 after losing a play-off to Sweden four years ago, Mancini and his players could be forgiven for feeling a bit apprehensive about that prospect just four. months after beating England to win Euro 2020.
The Italians have won just once in their last five games after Jorginho’s late penalty miss on Friday allowed Switzerland to claim a 1-1 draw in Rome and stay tied on points at the top of the group before their last qualifying match at home against Bulgaria. Monday.
“Yes, of course, I know what happened in 1958, I hope I don’t go back so far in time,” said Mancini, who also has a catalog of injury problems.
“We want to qualify tomorrow and the concept does not change: we have to play without anxiety.
They face a team from Northern Ireland looking to achieve a famous victory over the European champions
Ian Baraclough has asked for patience and calm to see his Northern Ireland team improve
‘We must forget what happened (against Switzerland) and play with complete peace of mind.
“The Italian team is always under great pressure. Tomorrow there may be a little more, so we need to stay focused.
‘We are in a bit of a difficult time after three incredible years. He’ll take it easy. ‘ Northern Ireland coach Ian Baraclough wants to finish the campaign on top and hopes his players can exploit Italy’s nerves for a famous victory.
“I certainly hope they play a little scared,” Baraclough said. “It’s a must-win game for them, but we can only think of ourselves.”