Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni says Italy did not deserve to miss the World Cup, and he does not see Paulo Dybala being distracted by speculation about his future.
Euro 2020 winners Italy and Copa America champions Argentina will meet at the ‘Finalissima‘ at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday.
But there is no possibility of the two meeting in Qatar next November after Italy failed to make it to the second consecutive World Cup 2022 following the final defeat to North Macedonia in March.
That has led to questions about the future of Roberto Mancini and the Italian program for failing to produce young players, with the Azzurri relying on experienced campaigners such as Giorgio Chiellini and Ciro Immobile.
Scaloni was quick to back up his number for Roberto Mancini when he expressed his disappointment at Italy’s failure to qualify for the World Cup 2022.
“Italy did not deserve to miss the World Cup, they are still European champions, a big team,” Lionel Scaloni told reporters on Tuesday.
“There are games where the ball does not want to get into the goal, the games are lost like that. But Mancini has done an excellent job, bringing back a clear name to Italy after many years.
“I do not think he will make many changes now, instead they will gradually change as we did: it happens to all national teams sooner or later that he has to change. Now he can start over.”
Meanwhile, Paulo Dybala is on the verge of leaving Juventus when his contract expires in June, with Inter reportedly interested in signing the Bianconeri talisman.
With speculation about the future of the Argentine striker, Scloni has emphasized that this will not affect the way Dybala has played in his home country.
“These are the conditions we all have,” Scaloni said of Dybala. “The important thing is for the players to pick their heads and play.
“They are very professional and they can handle certain situations. He is an unusual player and boy. He did not play with us the way we wanted, but we hope he will be a good decision for us in the future.”