European champion coach Roberto Mancini has taken his colleague Joachim Löw under protection after the premature end of the German European Championship. “Honestly? In my opinion, the Germans didn’t deserve to be kicked out”.
For me they played a great game against England,” said the successful Italian coach in an interview with Sport1 about the 2-0 draw in the DFB round of 16. Mancini does not have any real advice for Löw’s successor, Hansi Flick, but he does believe in a positive future under the new national coach.
“I still consider them a great football nation. They always had good teams and great players. The Germans’ coaches were also always excellent,” he said.
Roberto Mancini is still sorry that he had to delete Vincenzo Grifo from his tournament squad. “Vincenzo has always been a part of us. He has a special role on the pitch but unfortunately I had to choose,” he said. Grifo is “a good boy and if I call him again he will come and play for his country. There are no doubts”.