Mancini’s paid options, Werner inefficient

Italy and Germany drew (1-1) on Saturday night at the Renato Dall’Ara Stadium in Bologna for the first Group 3 match of League A of the Nations.


Mancini’s symbolic elections
To cure a sick computer, you have to experiment with new remedies. And Roberto Mancini can be happy to have tried new things in this European poster against Germany (1-1). It is in this sense that the Squadra Azzurra will return to the forefront of the stage. With the absences of Andrea Belotti and Ciro Immobile, the young Sassuolo striker Gianluca Scamacca showed a real personality winning important physical duels and being present in the air. He was dangerous on several occasions (post at 35). Several young players celebrated their first match, including 18-year-old striker Wilfried Gnonto, who assisted on Lorenzo Pellegrini’s goal. Torino midfielders Samuele Ricci and Tommaso Pobega have also had their first minutes with Italy.

The Italian environment true to its philosophy Despite the absences of Marco Verratti, Nicolo Barella, Jorginho and Manuel Locatelli, the rest of the Italian midfielders managed to show very good things on the field with a quick and clean relaunch. They knew how to find Scamacca in front of the cages or Matteo Politano next to him. As explained above, the choice of Mancini to install new elements such as Davide Frattesi (70% of successful passes) or empower Sandro Tonali (83% of successful passes), shows that his game identity that goes to make the European success of the Nationalit has not yet been overcome.

Italian joy after Pellegrini’s goal. MIGUEL MEDINA / AFP

A reassuring Kimmich – Goretzka duo
On the German side, the collective performance is still disappointing given the talent present in the squad. However, some individual elements were able to take matters into their own hands to allow it Mannschaft to stay alive. Leon Goretzka took the initiative on several occasions (13th, 26th, 38th). As for Joshua Kimmich, he was the author of Germany’s quick draw, while his team had not yet finished on goal in the second half.

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The Italian defense is still filming
With the retirement of Giorgio Chiellini and the advanced age of Leonardo Bonucci, Mancini must find his two central stones to build his new defensive wall. And unfortunately, the Acerbi-Bastoni couple was not convincing. Both players lack automation, communication and above all serenity. Even with his goalkeeper Donnarumma (author of several decisive stops) he was forced to keep the ball at his feet for lack of movement and openings of his defenders to resume.

Complicated match for the defense of PSG. Andrea Staccioli / Insidefoto / PANORAMICA

The German left wing
Whether it was Leroy Sané or Thilo Kehrer, the German left encountered many defensive and offensive difficulties. The young player Wilfried Gnonto overflowed on the left side for the first goal, leaving the PSG defender in place as Politano before the game (55th, 61st). As for Leroy Sané, he only scored once in goal, although it was the German starter who hit the fewest balls (39).

Timo Werner, too inefficient
Although Germany has very often entered the Italian surface, striker Timo Werner has rarely been dangerous. Worse, he did not attempt a goal in the 90th minute of the game, he also lost nine balls and committed two fouls. A catastrophic performance for No. 9 Mannschaft.

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