Italian national team coach Roberto Mancini believes Chelsea midfielder Jorginho deserves the Ballon d’Or. He also explained why Gianluigi Donnarumma is not a regular starter for PSG. Jorginho has won the Champions League with Chelsea and Euro 2020 with Italy, and now he has been nominated for the Ballon d’Or. “I would give him the Ballon d’Or, he deserves it because he won everything this season,” Mancini claimed.
At the Euros, Gianluigi Donnarumma was Italy’s hero and was even named Player of the Tournament, but after a football transfer to PSG, he hasn’t yet played an official game for the French club. Mancini believes there is an obvious reason behind it. “It’s only because he started the season later, that’s the only reason,” the Azzurri CT said.
The Azzurri have returned to Coverciano for the World Cup qualifiers. During the upcoming international break, Mancini’s team will face Bulgaria, Switzerland, and Lithuania, with a few new faces in the lineup including Moise Kean and Nicol Zaniolo.
“I would like us to pick up where we left off, with our way of playing and with our conviction,” Mancini said at a press conference. “I think our victory has changed the way we are perceived abroad because we showed a new mentality during the Euros and we made 60 million people happy, we are proud of it,” the coach continued.
“There are five World Cup qualifying games left and 14 months before the World Cup kicks off. Some teams have begun the season before us, so we must be focused. Kean is a young player with great qualities, he didn’t join us for the Euros and I was sorry for it, but he knew he would return.”
“Some players are back from injuries, it’s important for Zaniolo to feel well and his role won’t be a problem,” Mancini ensured. “There isn’t a pecking order among the 26 players of the Euros, those who are more fit will play. Those who are here deserve so. We are considering [Davide] Calabria, while [Andrea] Belotti is not feeling too well, there are many other players who would deserve to be here.”
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