Roberto Mancini with the national football team he had won little, during his first career behind a ball. He skipped several important events, one above all the 1994 World Cup, and even in the 1990 edition he was a simple appearance. For the victory at the 2020 European Championship, this time as Technical Commissioner, he put all he could in terms of experience and technical-tactical intelligence: so much so that he could be considered more of a man on the pitch than a coach beyond the baseline.
“In the end Roberto Mancini was exhausted by the drop in tension, by the adrenaline finally flown away, no longer necessary. As if dazed, he cried and then laughed, he cried again, he laughed again. He hugged Gianluca Vialli, with that brotherly hug that only he and Luca can exchange, then the boys who one at a time went to say thank you. Mancini and his gang had a lot of fun, after all it was great fun to force England to desecrate the sacredness of Wembley with a bolt never seen before. The people, instead of dragging, started to defend together with their own. This was Mancini’s miracle. At the beginning, after having reacted late to Southgate’s tactical surprise, the 3-4-3 at the very beginning atalantino that shattered the Azzurri, prepared for something else: in the first 10 ‘, Trippier was caught free three times on the right and Shaw two on the left, and consequently the sudden goal escaped us as well. But then the coach took the measure, convinced Chiesa to climb on Shaw, restored the covers and began to grope Southgate with one move after another by swapping wings, removing the center forward and then putting him back, inserting a midfielder capable of in short, disengaging without the ball challenging the opposing coach to a chess match that Southgate, always very slow to understand the tactical developments of a game, practically did not play. His only counter move was the restoration of the base 4-2-3-1, but by now England was mentally resigned to a match of containment“, We read on Repubblica.
Football | It is a magical night: Italy is European Champion
“You can’t think of Paolo Rossi from the Mundial without seeing him next to Cabrini and without seeing Cabrini next to Tardelli and without seeing Tardelli with Zoff and Zoff with Bearzot. You cannot think of the Insigne of this European without seeing him next to Immobile and without seeing Immobile next to Belotti, who embraces Chiesa, who is embraced by Barella, and without seeing them all crowded together around Mancini. And then again Oriali embracing Vialli and Vialli running towards Mancini. On this occasion even more than in the past, fraternal closeness was the secret and the guarantee of success. Because in 1982 the group, in large part, came before Bearzot, who had the merit of welding some groups already formed in their respective clubs. The same can be said of Lippi’s national team. This time the coach has inherited atoms, and Mancini’s role was truly maieutic, if with “maieuta” we indicate in etymological terms the propitiatory and almost magical role of the midwife who helps to give birth to an idea, a common idea. In short, the first difference is that this time friendship has grown patiently in a team made up not of blocks but of individuals who have become a solidary group, a true collective.. The second difference is that this friendship is the daughter or sister of happiness: not the spirit of the body born of revenge and resentment, as happened in Spain in 1982 (the press blackout) and in Germany in 2016, when it was said that it was also the victory of nerves and pride in a moment of scandals“, Corriere della Sera publishes the day after the final won by Mancini on penalties.