Video: Chiesa says Italy behind other nations in terms of development, backs Mancini

Juventus winger Federico Chiesa has suggested Italy are behind other nations in terms of their development due to the lack of opportunities in Serie A.

The Azzurri again missed out on qualification for the World Cup and Chiesa suggested it is because not enough Italian players have starting roles in the country’s top flight.

Asked a Juventus charity event what was changing with the Italy squad seemingly getting younger, he told reporters: “The coach [Roberto] Mancini and the people who work with him know better than I do that we are in need of change.

“We need new, fresh players and we also need to change the Italian system. Because the truth is we are behind other nations because, like the coach said Italian players in Italy don’t play.

“But what is the problem? There aren’t the players, the talent or is it the development? So we need to ask ourselves these questions and change the mentality a bit.”

Mancini was hired as coach following Italy’s failure to reach the 2018 World Cup and, despite missing out on qualification for Qatar 2022, Chiesa said he believes the quick turnaround in triumphing at Euro 2022 is proof the former Inter coach is the right man to lead the Azzurri forward.

He added: “I think the coach, Mancini, is the right person to do this because he did it after the first missed World Cup and brought us to the top of Europe.

“So Mancini is the right man to do it [change the mentality]. For me, development is fundamental. When I was growing up, at the Fiorentina academy you were taught the real basics and now there are other priorities, possibly results.”

Asked if he had any advice for Italy starlet Wilfried Gnonto, who produced an assist on his national team debut, Chiesa said: “Continue doing what he did when he came on in the last match.”