Italy boss Mancini leaves out Chiellini by accident: ‘Wasn’t wearing my glasses’

Italy coach Roberto Mancini has given a remarkable reason for not playing Giorgio Chiellini against Bosnia-Herzegovina in the Nations League. The veteran Juventus defender was expected to play on Friday but instead Francesco Acerbi played the full ninety minutes. After the game Mancini revealed he made an error before the game when he approved the line-up to the UEFA.

“It was my fault,” Mancini confessed. “They showed me the line-up, I didn’t have my glasses on and just said it was fine. I didn’t notice Acerbi was there rather than Chiellini.” The Italian football federation then tried to change the line-up but the UEFA stated that the only way for Acerbi to be pulled out of the team would be if he would sit in the stands with an injury.

Mancini then decided to keep Acerbi on the team. “Anyway, we had planned originally for Acerbi to play one game and Chiellini another. I had asked Giorgio if he wanted to play today or on Monday with Holland, he said today, but we’ll have to swap it now. It’s not like we chose a goalkeeper rather than a defender, it’s not a massive difference, but yes, it was an error.”

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