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Italy U21 coach Devis Mangia has revealed his players aren’t content with reaching the European U21 Championship final, and are targeting more glory as they prepare to take on pre-tournament favourites Spain.
The Azzurrini are widely regarded as the underdogs ahead of the showpiece clash on Tuesday, yet Mangia has faith in his players that they can produce one more impressive display in order to deny the Spanish further glory.
Having overcome the Dutch in the semi-finals, the Italian tactician is widely expected to continue with the same starting line-up, with Luca Marrone the only absent player through injury.
However, Mangia believes that even though his players aren’t highly fancied, they have both the determination and tactical resources to spring a surprise.
“I looked into the eyes of my players and no one is satisfied with just reaching the Final,” the former Palermo tactician is quoted as saying on UEFA.com.
“The players will all contribute and do their best. There is no doubt about this in my mind, you just need to look at us to see the desire.
“Spain have a great team and I don’t mind if they are favourites. However, from kick-off we start at 0-0 with 11 players on each side.
“Italy have a chance to win because in the past, in different competitions, the less favoured team has won.
“Perfection does not exist in football. We have tactical and technical resources,” he added.
Former Milan coach Arrigo Sacchi, who now works as the Italian Football Federation’s youth sector co-ordinator, has been left impressed with how the squad have performed thus far, and praised their modesty, professionalism and team ethic.
Meanwhile, Spain have won all four of their games in the tournament thus far, and have yet to concede a single goal.
Coach Julen Lopetegui is aware that a real test awaits them, and has praised his opponents for their new style of play which has seen the Italians at all levels play a more expansive and entertaining style of football.
“They are a team that still maintains the normal qualities of Italian football but have also taken a step forward in many other aspects of the game,” he said.
“They have a great ability to create danger. It might be a different style to us but it is no less attractive or inventive,” he is quoted as saying by Sky Sports.
Having dominated international football at senior level, the young hopefuls will be confident of repeating that success at under-21 level, but they will undoubtedly have a tough time against an Italian side full of confidence themselves.