Roberto Mancini, Italian manager, spoke about Italy's failure to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar and the future ambitions of his national team, reigning European champion. Mancini explained: "The disappointment prevails which is strong and never leaves me.
Maybe in four years, this sense of emptiness will pass. Now it is. It hurts so much because we will have to wait before erasing the stain. I feel the same disappointment I felt when I lost the Champions League final with Sampdoria: I knew I would not have replayed it.
We want to go to the next one, in four years, and maybe win it. I stayed because I want to take revenge, but now we can't look so long. Not only the European champions, but those of all continents. I say this in the interest of football and the World Cup itself.
Just as those who won the previous edition should be sure to be able to participate: before it was like this, now not anymore . Football doesn't always make right decisions for itself."
Roberto Mancini: "I remain Italy manager to win FIFA World Cup 2026"
About Qatar 2022, Mancini said: "Argentina is the favorite.
And not just because he has Messi. Against us in June he made a great impression on me. Overall, I think it's time for a South American. The European in some respects is more difficult of the World Cup. France, even without Benzema, is strong.
As well as Germany and Belgium and, sooner or later, England will be able to win something." About Italian Serie A, Mancini told: "I think the long break can favor those who chase. Milan are doing well, Juve have recovered, but I consider Inter to be very strong, Napoli's most dangerous rival.
Spalletti has a great advantage, deserved: his team plays beautiful and winning football. I think the month of January will be decisive for everyone and will help us understand many things."