Roberto Mancini has hailed extraordinary Italy insisting his side dominated the final match against England
Italy head coach Roberto Mancini has disclosed his side deserved to win at Wembley after they dominated England in the Euro2020 showpiece, but admitted they were a bit lucky.
The Italians clinched their second European Championship crown after seeing off England in the final at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.
Both sides were locked at 1-1 after normal and extra times, but Mancini’s side rose to the occasion to win the trophy following their 3-2 penalty shootout victory.
Mancini felt his team deserved the title after outplaying the Three Lions over 120 minutes, and speaking to Sky Italia following the match, “it was impossible to even think about it, but the lads were extraordinary.
“I have no words for them, this is a wonderful group. It wasn’t an easy game and this one developed to become very difficult, but then we dominated it.
“On penalties you need to have a bit of luck and I’m also a bit sorry for the English.
“This team has grown a lot, I think we can still improve. We are happy for the Italian, I have no words for these guys.”
The English went into the lead just two minutes of action as Luke Shaw hammered a half-volley past helpless Gianluigi Donnarumma.
However, instead of trying to push for forward and extend their lead, England sat back, as the Azzurri’s continually piled pressure and eventually found the leveler through Leonardo Bonucci mid-way through the second half.
England hopes of ending their 55-year wait for a major silverware still holds after the likes of Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Saka failed to convert their spot kicks.
The Azzurri’s received their prize after proving their worth in the last two years, having failed to make an appearance in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.