In the half final they lost from Russia, who was immediately the favourite for the final victory. But they forgot to think of Italy… After a laborious profit (4-3) against Portugal in the other half final their winning mentality came to the surface in the final. With an “over my dead body” mentality Russia was defeated 3-1. It’s the second European title for Italy and yet another final loss for Russia.
This reminds me of our tournament in 2012 in Dubai. We beat Iran in the half final but lost from Japan in the final. Maybe my players thought “we won against Iran so now it’s easy to win from Japan”. A wise lesson for our upcoming tournament in Vietnam in April. Every single game you need the Italian mentality “come on, we will eat you”. Than you can have the success they now had in Europe. A nice challenge to put that into my players heads.
In my next blog I can finally, after 14 months, pay attention to the Thailand Premier Futsal League; I’m really looking forward to it!