Mancini: “Verratti is a great player.”

Roberto Mancini has praised Marco Verratti, labelling the midfielder as a great player for Italy.

The former Manchester City boss says the Paris Saint-Germain midfielder has the attributes of a top player even though he looks "small and tiny".

Verratti scored a late winner as Italy beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 2-1 in the Euro 2020 qualifying on Tuesday, and following the clash Mancini lavished praise on the 26-year-old, who scored his third international goal on the day.

"Verratti is a great player, even if he looks small and tiny," Mancini told a news conference as Evening Express quoted.

"I'm happy but we'll lose one day because you can't always win. Verratti and Jorginho are very similar and they both have quality and class.

"But they are also helped by defenders as [Leonardo] Bonucci and [Giorgio] Chiellini always make good pressure on the opponents. All my players are very good.

"This is a very good Italy. We were in a really bad moment but now we are playing really nice football with great personality. We need to keep going like this to be considered one of the favourites in Euro 2020."

Dzeko's opener was the first and only goal Italy have conceded since October and Mancini was delighted with the Azzurri's team spirit.

"We are improving. It was not easy to come back against Bosnia because they have great players," he said.

"During the first half we could make more pressure on Bosnia but we did not. We were struggling a bit, but I think it's normal because we played just three days ago [a 3-0 away win over Greece].

"Bosnia played a wonderful game, but we knew it even before the game. They were unlucky against Finland [losing 2-0 on Saturday].

"We knew that this could be the most difficult game of the group. [Miralem] Pjanic and Dzeko played very well, we knew it.

"But we came back at the end and I'm happy for that because we showed great personality. We always try to score and that's positive."

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