In the 37 games of the Mancini era super average of 2.46 points per game (with 2.43 goals scored per game). And if the attack slows down, the midfielders will take care of it
From our correspondent Stefano Cantalupi
Americans have their 4th of July, made up of fireworks, concerts and parades to celebrate Independence. This year we have ours: the national team brought the fires to color its magical nights, the concerts in Coverciano are directed by the deejay Insigne and Donnarumma will take care of the parades. In his own way, Mancini has built an independent Italy, in the sense that the Azzurri’s performances do not depend on anyone: we almost always play well without caring about the opponent, there is a defined identity to which we cling even when the sea is stormy. A philosophy that has produced entertainment and numbers. And what numbers.
Let’s start with those of the coach, because there are open strips of which you risk losing count: 13 of the 28 games won by Mancini at the helm of the national team (out of 37 played) have arrived in the last 13 games, within a row- record of 32 consecutive useful results. Figures higher than those of Pozzo’s third term also in terms of average points, calculated by assigning 3 points for each success: taking into consideration Mancini’s 37 outings, it settles on 2.46 per game. The confrontation with the bi-world champion technical commissioner does not hold up, different eras, other football and rivals, it has been said many times. But these are excellent numbers in and of themselves, even without venturing into comparisons with the past. Moreover, they are strengthened by the rumors about the goals scored and conceded: the 2.43 goals scored per game have no equal in Italian history, like the 0.43 to the passive (just better than that Vicini with whom Mancini did not always go to football player agreement). Limiting ourselves to the European Championships: Italy had never won the first 5 matches of a final phase and had never touched the 11 goals scored.
There in the middle
There is a big contribution from the midfielders in all of this. The forwards started strong but then encountered difficulties, while goals continue to arrive from the median, as well as assists. The bill says 2 Locatelli, 2 Pessina, 1 Barella. Blue record at the European Championships here too, needless to say. When it comes to our midline, however, limiting ourselves to numbers is an understatement. Better to focus on completeness and depth: there is the double direction of Jorginho and Verratti, there is the omnipresence of Barella, with Locatelli, Pessina and even Cristante ready to take over for an injection of energy. The temptation, when things go well, is to get caught up in euphoria and say that no one has a midfield like this: maybe it is too much, but certainly so far it is the best department among those seen at the Europeans. If today we are “independent”, if we are Italy regardless of who puts the board in front of us, everything starts from here.
July 4th – 12:32 pm
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