Italian legend Luigi Riva hailed the “beautiful work” of national coach Roberto Mancini a day before their Euro 2020 opener against Turkey in Rome.
Riva was a member of the Azzurri’s only European Championship winning team 53 years ago, scoring in the final against Yugoslavia in Rome’s Stadio Olimpico.
The legendary striker believes Mancini has found the right formula with the national team, since taking over in May 2018 after the Azzurri failed to qualify for that year’s World Cup.
“I really like Mancini. I knew him as a player when I was manager of the Italy team. I know the person, he’s a really good person, who achieves excellent results,” he said.
Mancini’s men have lost just two matches, and are undefeated in 27 games since September 2018.
“Mancini’s success is first and foremost his ability to make Italy play a modern game, he has adapted perfectly,” added Riva.
“Today the Italian team cannot fail to think about winning, they must be confident in their abilities.”
According to multiple reports, Riva may not be able to travel to Rome’s Stadio Olimpico due to his fragile health.
“Rome, we’ll see… It would be especially wonderful to be able to go see Italy in the final!”
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By FARPost Reporter