Antonio Conte was not too displeased about his Italian national team

Former Juventus manager Antonio Conte was not too displeased about his Italian national team only managing a 1-1 draw with England in a recent friendly match.

This was seen as highly competitive encounter for both teams given that they needed to win in order to banish the painful memories of the World Cup. Despite being one of the top teams in the world, both England and Italy failed to progress to the knockout stages of the World Cup in Brazil. This led to the appointment of Conte, while England continue to be spearheaded by Roy Hodgson.

The former Liverpool boss did not have a number of his first-team regulars like Raheem Sterling in the team. However, he was giving starts to the likes of Harry Kane, who have been mightily impressive this season. Just ahead of the game, Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon said that he was studying every aspect of Kane very cleanly and that he may have found a way to stop the Tottenham forward. Kane failed to score in the match, but it was another Tottenham player who scored the important goal for the English – Andros Townsend. Since taking over from Cesare Prandelli, Conte continues to be unbeaten as the Italy manager. » ( Read more of Antonio Conte was not too displeased about his Italian national team… )

Roberto Mancini saw John Guidetti as Striker

Roberto Mancini is a manager has seen Celtic striker John Guidetti from close quarters during his time at Manchester City. The 22-year-old was regarded as one of talented players to come out of the City youth academy, but he has failed to make it big. After spending time on loan at the likes of Stoke City, he has now moved to Celtic on yet another loan spell.

However, this loan spell is proving very difficult for the 22-year-old after he has not scored in the last 10 matches. Mancini fears thatGuidetti may end his goal drought when Celtic come up against Inter Milan in the Europa League.

Guidetti has featured in 18 league matches and has scored seven goals. He is yet to make an appearance in the Europa League.Guidetti’s last goal for Celtic was in the league match against Dundee United back in November. His goal gave Celtic a 2-1 victory, but he has since been unable to find the back of the net. Celtic have not been given much of hope against Inter Milan, who may not be close to their former glory but still have a very strong squad. During his time at City,Guidetti has featured in only one first team appearance and it came in a League Cup match five years ago. » ( Read more of Roberto Mancini saw John Guidetti as Striker… )

Italian football not going through good Time

Italian football is going through a declining moment as there are less and less world class players making a move to the Italian League. The downfall of the Italian football is evidenced by the fact that there is only one Italian club competing in the Champions League which is Juventus.

Spain, Germany and England all have 3 representatives in the European competition with almost all of the clubs from these countries having a genuine chance on winning the Champions League title.

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ROMA STRUGGLE

Roma suffered yet another heavy defeat in the Champions League after losing 7-1 to Bayern Munich in front of their own supporters. This was a defeat that matched a similar loss to Manchester United in the previous time Roma were playing in this competition. They returned to the European elite after doing well under Rudi Garcia last season, but the former Lille manager seems some way away from getting his team back to the top of the European table. Garcia says that despite this heavy defeat, he is confident that Roma can reach the top of the group.

Roma, Manchester City, and Bayern Munich comprise a very difficult group. The Italians are paying the price for not being in the Champions League over the last few years. Their UEFA coefficient is very low and this has resulted in this tough draw. City are yet to take even from the opening three matches and, as a result of it, they are two points behind Roma. Even with this heavy defeat, Roma can still qualify for the knockout stages which will be a major achievement especially given that they have been without this top-level European football for a number of years before Garcia’s arrival.

The Italian league resumes this weekend with the second placed Roma taking on Sampdoria in an away match. “The truth always comes out on the pitch; on Tuesday it was shown that they were stronger, but the scoreline was excessive. The Champions League is tough and we knew that, but we’re still second in the group. Now let’s focus on the league. Sometimes slip-ups happen, but we have to continue guiding our ship. Great victories can also be built upon heavy defeats – I always think positively. There will be time to analyse the defeat against Bayern again when we go to Munich. The result is always the consequence of how we play,” said Garcia.