Gravina hopes Manchini will continue to be in charge. At the same time, he believes that Italy will wake up again with the hand of the former coach of Manchester City.
After the 1958 World Cup, Italy failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. After that failure, Manchini took charge of the national team.
Holding his hand, Italy began to change slowly. The team was unbeaten in a record 36 matches for more than two years. In this way, they won the title of Euro 2020.
For a time, the former world champions were well on their way to qualifying for the World Cup in Qatar. From there, they lost in the last few matches of the European selection and became runners-up in Group C behind Switzerland.
Even then they had a chance to play in the final. But Mancini’s side failed to qualify for the first two World Cups in a row, losing 1-0 to North Macedonia in the semi-finals of the play-offs last Thursday.
Italy have not had a pleasant experience on the world stage since becoming world champions in 2006. They had to leave the group stage of the 2010 and 2014 World Cups. And their victory in the group stage of those two events is one in total.
Manchini’s team was giving hope to the fans to forget the disappointment of the previous events. After winning the European Championship, expectations about them also increased a lot. From there, the team’s exclusion from the World Cup qualifiers is a big blow to Italian football.
Naturally, therefore, questions are being raised about Manchini’s future. Speaking to Italian TV channel Rai Sport, Gravina expressed hope that Mancini would remain with the team in the future despite the shock.
“She is OK. Hopefully, he, like all Italians, will be able to cope and continue working with us. ”
Gravina has promised to be by the side of the entire national team in this difficult time.
“Just as we were applauded last summer (after winning the Euro), we must now accept the criticism. But I must try to defend the national team. ”
“We will move forward with our heads held high. We shouldn’t lose the excitement of last summer … there may be criticism, but we don’t want to risk further damage. “