|Italian Football Coach|
|Manchester City manager|
|Org||Italy National Team|
|Club as Coach||Italy National Team|
2010 01 08 Retrieve
[Roberto Mancini has already signed Patrick Vieira once, for Inter in 2006, and is confident he can still make an impact in England’s top flight] He knows me and my staff well, and importantly he also knows what the Premier League is all about. He will not need much time to settle in. Patrick is one of the great players of his era with almost every honour in the game against his name. I am sure City fans will welcome him warmly and appreciate the contribution he will make
2011 09 23 Retrieve
[why Owen Hargreaves could be the man to bolster Manchester City’s midfield options] We didn’t know what his condition would be when we had to decide. It was difficult. It is possible we could bring him in [to the Champions League squad] during January. We are short of players. Fulham were able to make changes after playing in Europe, we were not. We became tired. All the players need to defend. To defend with five or six players is not good enough
2012 03 20 Retrieve
[Roberto Mancini hitting out on Thursday at what he believes are inadequate medical standards in English football] Here in England is the best championship in the world - it’s fantastic - but we need to improve the medical side for the players. We need to screen the players more often, maybe twice a year and more accurately. When I saw our medical system, I was really worried when I arrived two years ago. I said that we had to do it better. It is better in Italy. The medicals for all players are fantastic. The medicals are really strong in Italy during pre-season, for every player, and they happen every six months.
When I came here and saw all the players in pre-season for their medical, I said to the doctor, ‘This is not enough for the players’. I felt it was a really light medical. It is not enough. For me, it is not good. It’s impossible that one young guy dies on the pitch because we didn’t do a medical accurately.
I want that our players and all the players in the Premier League can have a more accurate medical. Always, not just once a year
In 2012, it can’t be that something happens to a player like on Saturday. It is impossible. Fabrice Muamba is 23. I hope that it will go very well for him and I pray for him because this situation is impossible
2012 10 04 Retrieve
[Joe Hart produces a series of world-class saves in a pulsating 1-1 draw with Borussia Dortmund at the Etihad Stadium] Joe Hart saved us from an incredible defeat because he saved everything and we should say thank you to him. I don’t know if it is the best performance in football history but he did very well. I don’t know if it is the best performance in football history but he did very well. In the first half we had three or four incredible chances, but if you don’t defend, if you don’t run like Borussia Dortmund did, it is difficult. This is my problem - it is my job. I will solve this problem
2014 05 04 Retrieve
[Roberto Mancini following the passing of his former Sampdoria coach Vujadin Boskov] Boskov made my youth extraordinarily beautiful. I imagine he’s up in heaven now. And if I remember rightly, he’ll be laughing already
2015 02 07 Retrieve
[Roberto Mancini on his season] I’m speechless. I don’t remember the last time I lost three games in a row. I must have been only ten. Losing like this hurts. We were fools
2015 04 18 Retrieve
[Roberto Mancini on an incident after he led Manchester City to the Premier League title in 2012] When I was in my office after the [title-winning] game, Liam Gallagher from Oasis came in. He’s a big fan of City and he planted a big kiss on my mouth – I didn’t have time to react!
2017 05 06 Retrieve
[Roberto Mancini believes Mario Balotelli only has himself to blame for not being at the same level as Cristiano Ronaldo] Mario Balotelli is a really good kid, but a bit ruled by his instinct. Apart from when he does something daft, but those can happen when you’re young. He has so much quality that, when he started, he should’ve been at the level of Ronaldo. If he isn’t there now, then at least some of that is his own fault. Now, he is 26 years old, and can do a little more
2018 11 16 Retrieve
[The Azzurri head coach Roberto Mancini says about the new Italy national team after a year on from the humiliation of failing to reach a World Cup finals for the first time since 1958] I want an Italy team that attacks in a spectacular way, to also thank the San Siro public. I know they will come out in force and their support is very important
[A reminder of the bad times came last week, when predecessor Giampiero Ventura left Serie A club Chievo after failing to win in four matches] To say Italy has been healed is a big statement - I do not think she has ever been ill. We needed to do better to get out of a difficult moment. We must play good football and win the fans back. We are Italy
2019 07 13 Retrieve
[Mancini rally around Mihajlovic following leukaemia diagnosis] You’re too strong, this won’t scare you and besides we need to go play paddleboard afterwards
2019 10 07 Retrieve
[Arsenal youngster Martinelli asked to snub Brazil for Italian national team] As for Martinelli, it’s not so easy to apply to play for Italy. We need to wait for players with two passports. In the meantime, we’ll continue to exchange [Ciro] Immobile with [Andrea] Belotti
2019 10 13 Retrieve
[Victory over Greece was Mancini’s eighth successive win, meaning he could equal Italy’s all-time record of consecutive triumphs against Liechtenstein on Tuesday. But Mancini dismissed the importance of that, highlighting the coach who set the record – Vittorio Pozzo – has an altogether more impressive legacy] Pozzo is a legend because he won two World Cups, the rest does not count. Pozzo is a legend because he won two World Cups, the rest does not count
2019 11 19 Retrieve
[Mancini was effusive in his praise of his players and is optimistic for the future on winning Euro 2020] It was a lovely evening, the last game in qualifying and we did it well. You don’t score nine goals in an international match nowadays, we gave our all to achieve that. These are all young lads who are improving game by game. Playing at international level brings experience, they’ve got the quality, it’s just a matter of time. We’ll see what happens at Euro 2020. We’d never won all 10 games in a qualifying group, we’ve got six months to prepare for the championship and unfortunately I will have to leave some behind, as I can only bring 23 players. If we can continue like this, that would be great!
2019 12 19 Retrieve
[when Roberto Mancini went to watch him play against Republic of Ireland in Dublin recently, Kean was sent off. The Azzurri boss expressed some sympathy with the forward afterwards, given he had been dismissed for a fairly innocuous clash with Troy Parrott, but he tellingly added] Moise Kean is always involved. He needs to be more careful
2020 03 22 Retrieve
[Italy manager Roberto Mancini says he would like to see Chelsea’s Emerson Palmieri return to Serie A as he considers his selection for the delayed European Championship] As for the full-backs, we knew Adam Masina, although he disappeared from the radar a bit after his move to Watford. Luca Pellegrini already spent time with the senior squad and can improve. It would be nice if Emerson Palmieri, who hasn’t played much for Chelsea, could come and play in Italy.
[Mancini knows football is not the priority right now. However, he remains optimistic about the ability of football to bring joy back to the people once it is safe to play] I expect a European Championship of a very high level, of great quality. We will try to win a top tournament. I can’t wait to stand in front of the bench and listen to the national anthem play out. After everything the country is going through, it’s going to be an immense sensation
[Roma’s young star Nicolo Zaniolo’s participation in the tournament was in doubt after suffering a cruciate ligament rupture, but he now has time to recover his fitness] Clearly, recovering a player with unique characteristics like Zaniolo is important and the many young players we have already in the squad will be more experienced next summer. If the likes of Federico Chiesa were to move to a bigger club and play international club football, that could also speed up the maturation process. As I told his father, Federico has to play with the utmost enthusiasm. Others like Domenico Berardi ought to be a star already with his capabilities, but he’s still 25 and can grow a great deal in future