Sven-Goran Eriksson on Roberto Mancini
Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson praised Roberto Mancini ahead of the meeting, which he managed as a player at Sampdoria and Lazio in Serie A. Italy has been rejuvenated under the former Man City boss and is in search of their first European Championship title since winning at home in 1968.
“Italy is playing very, very well”, Eriksson told Perform. âIn the first two or three games it was the team that played the best football of all. Why? I don’t know. However, they definitely have a lot of good players, playing at the best clubs. , important clubs.
“And then they have Mancini, Roberto. Obviously he’s been a manager for a long time now, he’s been in Italy, he’s been in England, in Russia I think, in Turkey too. Yet I knew 25 years ago that Mancini would have become a great manager. Because I had him as a player for eight-nine years, and at the time he was already like a manager.
“He was everything in Sampdoria: storekeeper, cook, everything. And manager too. Because he lives for football and it has always been like that for him. He’s very curious – ‘Why are we doing this during the training? ‘,’ Why don’t we do this or that? ‘. He always came to me with questions about our training. And he was always talking about football.