BELFAST, Northern Eire (Reuters) – Italy coach Roberto Mancini was upbeat about his facet’s possibilities of taking part in on the 2022 World Cup regardless of the European champions lacking out on an computerized qualification spot on Monday.
4 months on from their Euro 2020 success, Italy’s 0-0 attract Northern Eire meant Switzerland completed high of World Cup qualifying Group C following their 4-0 win over Bulgaria in Lucerne, condemning Mancini’s males to the playoffs.
It’s the second successive World Cup qualification marketing campaign that Italy have solely made the playoffs, with three groups from the 12 concerned this time round progressing to Qatar.
The Azzurri did not qualify for a World Cup finals event for the primary time since 1958 4 years in the past after defeat by Sweden within the playoffs over two legs.
“I’m very assured for the playoffs,” Mancini instructed RAI Sport. “Perhaps we’ll even win the World Cup finals.
“We won’t do something about it now, we now have these (playoff) video games in March and can attempt to give our greatest.
“It is a pity, as a result of we must always have sealed the group lengthy earlier than it got here to this. We simply must rediscover what we have been all about up till at this time.”
Switzerland’s four-goal profitable margin meant Italy would have needed to win by three targets in Belfast, however the injury-hit guests provided little in assault all match, with Northern Eire having the most effective possibilities to assert victory.
“We knew that it was troublesome coming right here. We gave our all and have been unable to attain,” Italy ahead Domenico Berardi mentioned.
“They put all their defenders behind the ball and it was troublesome to interrupt them down.
“It’s disappointing we did not already seal the group earlier. We now have to roll our sleeves up, put together for March and ebook our spot on the World Cup.”
(Reporting by Peter Corridor; Enhancing by Ken Ferris)