Roberto Mancini does not want Serie A to resume after coronavirus crisis due to injury fears
‘It would be better if Serie A did not resume’: Italy manager Roberto Mancini does not want league to resume for fear of fatigue and injuries but admits he is ‘fed up’ in coronavirus lockdown
- Serie A bosses are reportedly working out plans to resume the league by June
- But Italy boss Roberto Mancini is concerned about how it will affect his side
- Each club in the Italian top-flight still has 12 league fixtures to complete
- And Mancini is worried that the fixture build-up will result in more player injuries
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Italy boss Roberto Mancini believes Serie A should not resume once it is safe to play again after the coronavirus crisis has ended due to fears of multiple injuries.
Serie A bosses are reportedly working out plans to resume training and hope to be playing by the end of May or the start of June, with each side still having 12 fixtures remaining.
The country was the first major European nation to be hit by the pandemic, with some regions having been on lockdown for two months and football postponed since March 10.
Italy boss Roberto Mancini has said he would prefer the Serie A season not to be completed
Serie A bosses are reportedly working out plans and hope to be playing by the end of May
But former Manchester City boss Mancini believes it would benefit the country’s national team for the league not to resume because of the effect the expected fixture pile-up is likely to have on players’ wellbeing.
‘Let’s be honest, I too am fed up of being stuck at home and 60 days is enough to drive anyone crazy,’ Mancini told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
‘I try to train in the morning and, if the weather is nice, enjoy the terrace in the afternoon. Of course, what I miss the most is seeing my parents and it is them I am most worried about.
‘Hearing the stories of people who were unable to even say goodbye to their loved ones because of this virus is just heart-breaking.’
But Mancini is worried about the effects of the clutter of games on Italy’s national team
‘As the manager of the national team, I could say that it would be better – egotistically speaking – if Serie A did not resume, because if they play so many games in a row during the summer, they won’t get a break and could then be more susceptible to injuries.
‘However, I know that my players can’t wait to get back out there, so I hope for them that we can get it done as soon as possible.’
Italy had been set to play in Euro 2020 this summer, but the global pandemic forced the tournament to be postponed until next year.
And with Euro 2020 postponed for a year, Mancini said he is expecting a busy 12 months
And Mancini is therefore expecting to have to expand his talent pool if he is to be successful in 2021.
‘We’re going to have a packed September, between Nations League and 2022 World Cup qualifiers,’ Mancini continued.
‘It won’t be easy and we might have to call up more than the usual 23-24 players. I hope the team can continue playing with that quality that the people love and of course by winning.’
The former Man City boss also said he will need a bigger squad to deal with more injuries