The hot, the games close together, the need to try other footballers. But also the first place to conquer and one mental state not to be scratched. The eve of Italy-Wales (kick off ore 18, Olympic Stadium in Rome), the Azzurri’s last challenge in group A of Europeans, was entirely characterized by the turnover theme. The choices of the coach Roberto Mancini will remain a dilemma until the presentation of the official formations, but it is already certain that some change it will be: Federico Chiesa, Andrea Belotti, Rafael Toloi ed Emerson Palmieri they hope for a starting shirt, while certainly Francesco Acerbi will play instead of Giorgio Chiellini, recovering from the injury he remedied against Switzerland. Also falls Marco Verratti, but it is not certain that it can start immediately from the beginning.
Mancini is facing a crossroads between continuity e risk. Potentially the match against Wales does not present big risks: who win is first in the group, but the possible pairings in the second round say that pass as second it wouldn’t make a big difference. Furthermore, a draw would allow both teams to hit the target: Italy first, Wales second. The “cookie“But it is not even to be taken into consideration for one reason: Italy is experiencing a enthusiasm almost unreleased after just two games and turn it off could be dangerous, undermine certainties. This is why the coach does not want to risk a extreme turnover. At the same time, however, Mancini knows what to play many races a few days from each other involves a large expenditure of energy. To finish them now, when the decisive games are yet to come, would be a sin unforgivable.
“We have to keep playing as we always have, offensive and doing things best. It is an important match, we want to finish the group in the lead. We know it will be more difficult because we will play at 6pm and it will even hotter“, Mancini said Saturday to Sky Sport. A sentence that embodies the two opposing concerns. The coach, however, starts from a fact: “This, probably, is the only race where we can make some changes, the others will be decisive“. Verratti “will surely play, let’s see if from the beginning or taking over ”, while Chiesa is almost certain of a starting shirt because“ he can play in all attacking roles“. At his side there will be Belotti, to let Immobile catch his breath: “The want to play is always a lot, it is inside us and it lives. We are aware that we have to do a great performance, without calculating but taking the field to win, ”said the Torino forward.