Roberto Mancini believes that Italy proved its doubters wrong by reaching the final of Euro 2020, but admitted it had to suffer to reach its first major tournament final in nine years.

The Azzurri drew 1-1 with Spain at Wembley but were dominated in terms of possession, having just 35 percent of the ball, and shots, with seven to their opponents’ 16, before triumphing 4-2 on penalties.

“There are games where you have to suffer. They can’t all be as smooth as our progress so far. We knew it would be a tough game,” Mancini told a news conference.

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“That is why the players and everyone who worked with us over last three years deserve great credit, because it wasn’t easy. Almost no one believed we could do it, and yet we are into the final. We are pleased for Italians everywhere who have been following us…

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