Gianfranco Zola is impressed with the appointment of Roberto Mancini as the Italy national team boss, but he thinks that more needs to be done to improve the quality of young players after the heartbreak of missing the 2018 World Cup.
Defeat in a two-legged play-off against Sweden saw the Azzurri fail to qualify for the tournament in Russia for the first time since 1958 while manager Gian Piero Ventura lost his job.
Chelsea legend Zola played 35 times for his country, scoring 10 goals, and he is predicting a long road back to the top of the international game for his fellow countrymen.
And he revealed that in Italy’s absence he would be supporting Argentina and their talisman, Lionel Messi, in their pursuit of glory this summer.
“I think that the manager will be a first step to fill the gap that we need to fill. Italian football needs more than just to choose a good manager,” Zola