In a Hungary rediscovered crazy for football, perhaps dreaming that, sooner or later, the Hungarian national team will return to that of times too long ago, Roberto Mancini's Italy plays for access to the Final Four of the Nations League.
He does so by facing the home team led by another former Sampdoria like 'Mancio', that Marco Rossi who, if he took his team to the finals, would perform a football miracle, almost comparable to the victories of Denmark and Greece in the European Championships.
In fact, he must be taken into account that his team had been destined, from the draw, in a group with Italy, Germany and England, or three national teams that together make eleven world titles.
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Scheduled at the Puskas Arena in Budapest (ANSA)
"We thought we had to fight to avoid relegation - says Rossi - and instead we find ourselves one step away from the Final Four.
We just need a draw, but tomorrow's will be a match to be faced with the utmost humility.
The stadium will be full, the public will give us the push and if we passed here the enthusiasm would go to the stars. "To cheer for 'Magyarok', which, barring surprises, will field the same team that last Friday won against Leipzig in Leipzig. Germany, the premier, Viktor Orban, a great football fan, should also be there, but his presence has not yet been officially confirmed. 'Italy will bid farewell to the national team, while it was he who scored the goal that knocked out the Germans.
Even in Italy there is talk of attackers, because Mancini is grappling with the Immobile case.
He has already had to do without his striker against England, but now he has to give it up also for Budapest, "because it was not worth taking the risk, it became too dangerous - the words of the Italian coach -. Ciro would have gladly stayed, he wanted try, he hadn't trained for three days and couldn't risk it. "
The decision was therefore shared between the coach, the player and the medical staff of the national team, but rumors bounced around all day according to which the attacker would have been 'ordered' to return to Rome by a phone call, even quite decisive, from Lazio president Claudio Lotito.
Better therefore, for Mancini, to think about the game, which certainly presents some risks.
"Playing in Hungary is never easy - he underlines -, I am pleased that the Hungarian national team did an excellent Nations. It is coached by a former teammate of mine who did a great job. Hungary in the last 2- 3 years she has improved a lot. She plays good football, attacks and defends herself well. "
But how many chances does Italy have to win and therefore qualify for the finals?
"50 and 50. They can also count on a draw - he replies -, but the fact of being here to play for first place makes us happy, and we will try to go through. The line-up? We will change something, we will see how the boys are".
"This game must be played with the utmost tranquility - adds Mancini -,
we must try to attack and when we have the opportunities to make the most of them.
And then we have to defend well: Hungary at home in front of 70 thousand spectators will try to win, and we will have to play, I repeat, with the utmost tranquility ".