Coach Roberto Mancini of Italy was Friday despite the 3-1 defeat in the friendly against France is not satisfied with the game of his team.
“I have to admit that France is at this moment a bit too big for us, but we are on the right path,” said the 53-year-old coach after the match against Italian media.
It was the second race for Italy under Mancini, who Monday made his debut with a 2-1 victory over Saudi Arabia. Monday, for Italy a practice duel with the Dutch national team, which, like the Italians, the world cup was missing.
“Of course you can see that at this moment there is a difference between Italy and France, but these matches are good for the experience. No one likes to lose, but we have chances for the 2-2,” said Mancini.
Samuel Umtiti, Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembélé were spot-on behalf of the French in Nice. Captain Leonardo Bonnucci made the only goal for Italy.
The previous month, appointed Mancini showed against the French Rolando Mandragora (Crotone), Mattia Caldara (Atalanta Bergamo) and Domenico Berdari (Sassuolo) debut.
“The most important thing in this contest was that the debutants to get a good impression left behind. If we continue to sit we within a year at the level of France, or in any case very close”, said the coach.
“France is at this moment superior. They have so many players that they might select. We need to work now, and try to their level to approach them.”
The French play next week Saturday is still a practice duel with the United States. After traveling the team to Russia on 16 June at the world CHAMPIONSHIPS starts with the team contest against Australia.