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Italy coach Mancini admits Portugal World Cup draw a blow

Italy coach Roberto Mancini has mixed emotions over their World Cup playoff draw.

The Azzurri have drawn North Macedonia at home in the semi-final of the play-off and will play the winner of Turkey or Portugal away in the Final.

Italy are thus facing a tough task to book a place at Qatar 2022, and Mancini admitted it was a difficult draw for the Nazionale.

Mancini reflected: “It could have been a little better, that's true.

“It's clear that both us and Portugal have to beat Macedonia and Turkey.

“It's one leg, which always provides difficulties. We are confident and positive, especially in the slightly more difficult moments."

The first match is at home against North Macedonia and will be played in Rome.

“We had a great qualifying group. Even against Switzerland we deserved to win and yet we didn't," Mancini said. “We'll have to play a great match, then we'll see in the Final."


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