Mancini: Things aren’t going well for Italy

Italy coach Roberto Mancini believes his side deserved more than a 1-1 draw against Ukraine on Wednesday, though he admits things just aren’t clicking in attack.

Federico Bernardeschi opened the scoring just after the restart, while Ruslan Malinovskyi equalized for the away side to extend the Azzurri’s winless run to five matches.

Mancini stated his side deserved more than just a lone marker given the chances they created, but he knows they have to show more bite in attack ahead of Sunday’s Nations League contest with Poland.

“Things aren’t going well,” he told Rai Sport. “We deserved to score a few goals tonight.

“We have to work on that and continue down this path. We have to be more clinical and score more goals. When you start making four or five changes then problems arise in the match.

“We pushed until the end and conceded some things, but we played a good match.”

Nicolo Barella made his senior team debut for the Azzurri, and Mancini was pleased with how the Cagliari starlet performed alongside Jorginho and Marco Verratti in midfield.

“He played a great game,” he added. “He was really good.

“It was an easier game compared to those that made their debut against Portugal because we were playing at home.”

Italy’s next match is a Nations League clash with Poland at the Silesian Stadium in Chorzow on Sunday.

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