UEFA Nations League: Italy showed desire in 0-1 loss to Portugal, insists Mancini

Sep 12, 2018, 08:52 IST | AFP

An Andre Silva strike just after the break ensured Portugal went top of their Nations League Group 3 with three points from their first game in Lisbon. "We must grow," said Mancini

UEFA Nations League: Italy showed desire in 0-1 loss to Portugal, insists Mancini
Roberto Mancini

Roberto Mancini remains defiant his strategy will reap rewards after a 0-1 defeat to Portugal in the Nations League piled pressure on the Italy coach as the country craves a victory to ease the pain of their World Cup absence.

An Andre Silva strike just after the break ensured Portugal went top of their Nations League Group 3 with three points from their first game in Lisbon. "We must grow," said Mancini.

"If a young player doesn't play at a high level then it's clear that they'll struggle in the first few games. I didn't enjoy the defeat, but I did like the team's desire to keep trying right until the end, even if they were at risk of conceding a second goal. "This was the right attitude to have. We don't want to be relegated and we still want to finish among the top teams in the group."

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