(ANSA) – ROME, MARCH 25 – “We have a good squad, but we are not in the best form, and yesterday we saw. But we cannot say that Italy has no players, we have always had those thirty important ones and this group has them too. “
Interviewed by the Radio Radio station Dino Zoff, world and European champion in blue as a footballer and with a continental title faded by the ‘golden goal’ as a coach, he reflects on the failure of Mancini’s national team, which will not go to the World Cup in Qatar. “Then there are also the generational changes that affect the results – says Zoff -. I tried it in Munich 1974, there was a critical moment and we went home on mobile phones, those of the police, after that before the World Cup we had done amazing things “. “Yesterday we didn’t put her in – he adds, returning to yesterday’s match in Palermo – but we have strikers”.
But now, to start over, do we need to focus on young people? “If they are good in their teams – Zoff replies – they come out and we play them in the national team, then today they have strong personalities and it is not like in my times that we were shy and the maturation times of a player slower. Now it is the opposite, a young after three matches he is in Heaven. However, the best players have to play in the national team, both old and young. Of course, when there are ‘stops’ like this you have to look around and think about what you will do. However, for Zoff, it is right to underline that now in Serie A there are fewer young people: “in my time – he explains – there were ten of my little Friuli playing in Serie A and four in the national team, now it’s been thirty years that, yes and no, there is one. The reforms? You can’t go from one extreme to the other, but maybe two teams in Serie A would eliminate them. “
After failing to qualify for the World Cup, does Mancini have to resign? “I don’t know, it will depend on him. I don’t want to throw crosses on him, it wouldn’t be fair and I don’t want to give these judgments.” (HANDLE).