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Italy coach Mancini: I never expected us to do so well

Italy coach Roberto Mancini is delighted with the response of the players to his methods.

The Azzurri boast a 100 per cent record through this Euros qualifying campaign.

"I didn't expect to win 10 games in a row, but the qualification to Euro 2020 is what really matters more than the record," said the former Inter Milan coach ahead of Monday night's final qualifier against Armenia.

“Even then, the primary objective when taking this job was not to win, but to bring the fans back to the Nazionale and give the players the opportunity to adopt a winning style of football. We knew that if we managed that, the results would come as a consequence.

“We didn't want to win by defending and going on the counter, but by trying to take the initiative and control the match. That means taking some risks too, but the players assimilated these ideas very quickly.

“This is the path forward now, we see no other option. Our mentality has to be a positive one, playing quality football. We might not win them all, but that must be the approach to every game."

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