Playing at the Energa Stadium in Gdansk, Monday (12/10/2020) in the morning WIB, Italy actually quite controlled the game. As much as 61 percent of ball possession belongs to Marco Verratti et al.
Attempts to attack also looked lame. Whoscored noted that there were 15 attempts by Italy, but only two of them were successful on goal Lukasz Fabianski. The rest are far from being targeted.
Mancini assessed that his foster children were looking good. However, poor field conditions disrupted the flow of the ball, so the Italian game could not be maximized. Energa Gdansk is the stadium that houses the Polish League team, Lechia Gdańsk.
“Unfortunately, we had a lot of chances, especially in the first half, and in my opinion we were punished by the poor conditions on the pitch,” Mancini told RAI Sport, quoted by Football Italia.
“Apart from the results, which are not good, the team’s performance is actually good. It’s not that we make the field conditions an alibi, but they are bad. Quality players will feel like they are being punished here, the ball’s reflection is irregular.”
“We continued to attack until the end, had a number of chances and did our best, that’s what happened. We should have been able to win 1-2 goals in the first half, we did not succeed in taking advantage of the opportunity, OK,” said 55-year-old allenatore.
Furthermore, Italy will compete against Netherlands at Gewiss Stadium, Bergamo, Thursday (15/10) at 01.45 WIB.