Although Italy will be docked again for the next World Cup, the Squadra Azzurra, still led by Roberto Mancini, must cure the ills of a sick team despite the success in the European Championship less than a year ago.
Rejuvenate the defense
In the country where defense rises to the rank of art, the policy of major works launched by Roberto Mancini will go through an obvious reconstruction of the defensive sector, too fragile in recent months.
Many executives are now aging and about to retire: legendary Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini (37) will leave Piedmont to retire early in Los Angeles, MLS. While his partner blancnero Leonardo Bonucci (35) struggles to regain the solidity and regularity of yesteryear.
Along with the Turin pair, there are not many solutions: Francesco Acerbi from Lazio (34) and Rafael Toloi from Atalanta (31) do not have the level to be the new bloc of the future Italy. Secondary solutions are far from reassuring for Roberto Mancini, who has to install a defensive identity on the team National.
The 94/95 generation, semi-finalists in the 2017 European Under-21 Championship, in which Alessio Romagnoli (27) and then Daniele Rugani (27) made young Italians happy, have difficulty confirming the potential for the start of the race.
Strengthen the environment
At the heart of Italy’s European success, Roberto Mancini’s midfield is probably one of the only areas that doesn’t require major changes. The trident Marco Verratti – Nicolo Barella – Jorginho, to which Manuel Locatelli is added, seems to represent the core of the Italian present but also the basis of the future of the Blue Team.
Versatility, complementarity, depth, cleanliness … The recipe is classic, mastered and well known. There is almost no shortage of ingredients in this medium to function at a high level. In this trio of prolific and efficient strikers, as well as a reassuring defense with increases, Italy will find its romantic football, as unique as it is envied.
In the coming months, some young people will also be able to join these circles: Sandro Tonali (22 years old), Samuele Ricci (20 years old), Nicolo Rovella (20 years old) and Edoardo Bove (20 years old).
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Find the offensive piece
It has been the eternal building work of Italy for almost ten years. If most of the Italian strikers selected by Mancini have had solid seasons at their respective Serie A clubs, they are struggling to transfer that efficiency to the shirt of the National.
In the line of sight is Lazio Roma striker Ciro Immobile, who has never been able to maintain the same productivity with Italy, although he has scored 104 goals in the last three seasons with Lazio.
The same observation by Andrea Belotti from Torino who fails to take advantage of the opportunities offered by Mancini to steal the seat in Immobile, his friend and former teammate. However, the Rooster He has scored at least 13 goals in the league on his personal record in six of his last seven seasons. Regularity, leadership and efficiency are sorely lacking in this National.
Youth in power?
For the attacking zone, Italy puts high hopes on Gianluca Scamacca (23), author of a dazzling season with the green shirt of Sassuolo, with 16 goals scored. A 1m96 tall striker is one of Inter Milan’s summer priorities.
His teammate Giacomo Raspadori (22 years / Sassuolo), ten goals this season in Serie A, is also one of those intriguing young attacking elements that Mancini is watching closely, along with Sebastiano Esposito (19 years) / Basel), Emanuel. Vignato (21 years / Bologna), Lorenzo Lucca (21 years / Pisa), Lorenzo Colombo (20 years / AC Milan), Eddie Salcedo (20 years / Inter) and Roberto Piccoli (21 years / Atalanta).
In terms of defense, a good wave of young defenders can be a real source of hope for Roberto Mancini: Lorenzo Pirola (20 years / Inter), Matteo Lovato (22 years / Atalanta), Andrea Carboni (21 years / Cagliari). and Giorgio Scalvini (18 / Atalanta). These defensive nuggets are already integrated into a collective system within the big Serie A or Serie B teams.
The face of this defensive renaissance is Alessandro Bastoni (23) who continues to climb in Simone Inzaghi’s rotation at Inter Milan. To the point of capturing one of the strong links of Nerazzurri. What if the solutions were in the Italian training centers, which despite the defects, produce solid collective players?