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Across the Romaverse Podcast, Episode 51: Italy’s Euro 2020 Win Highlights Mourinho’s One Job With Roma

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Roberto Mancini’s Italy was impressive throughout Euro 2020 playing a more progressive style than previous incarnations of the Azzurri. So, is there anything Jose Mourinho can take away from the Azzurri’s performances as he begins his Roma tenure?

Italy Champions Portraits - UEFA Euro 2020: Final Photo by Michael Regan - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images

By almost all accounts, Italy was considered the best team of Euro 2020 from start to finish. No, that doesn’t mean the Italians were the most talented, but they performed in a way that showed a clear tactical approach that was bought into by the entire squad. The Italians were far from perfect, but their risk-taking approach certainly paid off in defeating teams that were tipped as favorites heading into the tournament—namely Belgium and England.

So, while you may be thinking that’s all well and good for Italy with an eye on World Cup 2022 qualification, it won’t mean much until the Azzurri take the pitch in Qatar in 2022. While that may be the case in terms of Italy’s international calcio renaissance, there’s more to it than meets the eye. That’s because there’s plenty that Jose Mourinho and his Roma staff can learn from watching Mancini’s men conquering Europe for the first time since 1968.

So, be sure to tune in and hear us out as we explain what one of the modern club game’s most successful managers can take from a month-long international tournament.

Some highlights of the episode include:

Italy Wins Euro 2020 (2:05)

  • Italy plays high up the pitch
  • Chiellini and Bonucci shine
  • Italy scores without much punch at the striker position
  • The Azzurri’s long term future

Mourinho’s One Job With Roma (31:00)

  • Mancini’s Italy vs Fonseca or EDF’s Romas
  • Mourinho’s approach next season
  • Is Mourinho there just to improve the mental approach?

Roma Updates (44:50)

  • Transfer Updates
  • Training Techniques

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