Italy CT Roberto Mancini has assured that there is ‘no problem’ with Ciro Immobile or the lack of Italy goals going into the World Cup qualifier with Lithuania, comparing criticism to that of Mario Balotelli.
The match kicks off on Wednesday at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT) at the Mapei Stadium in Reggio-Emilia and changes are expected from the Azzurri that drew 0-0 in Switzerland on Sunday evening, but the coach again stood strong behind under-performing forward Immobile.
The manager, at a press conference, said: “Stefano Sensi is fine, he had a problem at the beginning of the week and we put him on the sidelines and now he’s fine. Federico Bernardeschi could play, he’s a good player. Nicolò Barella is on a yellow card, so I am thinking about Matteo Pessina and also their fitness levels."
He said he doesn't worry too much about Italy’s latest performances."Psychologically the lads have to feel great, they have won the European Championship and they have to play with composure."
He further said: “Unfortunately, the ball doesn’t go in sometimes, and we are going to look for a culprit for everything. But we have to isolate ourselves a bit from this and do certain things a bit better and the team has to keep doing what it does, including Immobile. The goals will arrive.
He concluded by saying: “You know what it looks like to me, that we have Mario Balotelli back in the Azzurri shirt. I have no issue here, we won the Euros with 26 players and Ciro was always first choice. He scored in two matches, in others he went so close, but at times the ball won't just enter. It happens all the time. I tell him to concentrate and make certain moves, but otherwise I don’t see any problem. “He has always scored goals, maybe when we get to Qatar he’ll score a lot of goals and we’ll win the trophy.”
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