His name is one of those making the circles these last days, after Italy’s… historic failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup finals. Talking to Match TV though, Roberto Mancini left no doubt that at this point he is not even considering the possibility of leaving Zenit to take charge at his country’s national team.
I am not surprised my name has been mentioned on the list, seeing as they also discussed colleagues with experience who won in various different countries. But I am happy at Zenit and in St Petersburg, so I am not thinking about the Nazionale. My objective is to win the Russian league title
the former Inter and Manchester City coach said. As for how he feels knowing that the Squadra Azzurra is not going to be in the finals, Mancini ‘used’ his birth year to show how… unbelievable this whole situation looks to him.
Like many of my fellow countrymen, I dreamed of seeing Italy at the World Cup in Russia. Seeing them crash out gave me tremendous sadness. I was born after 1958, the last time our team failed to qualify for the World Cup, so I didn’t know what it meant to not be there. Now I can admit it feels surreal and extremely sad
the Italian coach said.