Crucial challenge towards Qatar 2022. Mancini and Chiellini shake the team after the draw with Bulgaria: “Woe to being trapped in memories, it will only be decisive if you lose”
Swiss (4-2-3-1): summer; Vidmer, Elvedi, Akanji, Rodriguez; Aebischer, F. Frei, Sow; Steffen, Zuber; Seferovic. All: Yakin.
Italy (4-3-3): Donnarumma; Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Emerson Palmieri; Barella, Jorginho, Locatelli; Berardi, Immobile, Insigne. Herds Mancini.
Referee: Del Cerro Grande (Spain)
Tv: 8.45 pm, Raiuno.
In this corner between France and Germany, Italy is playing a part of its own World Cup in Qatar, just 14 months away
. St Jakob Park, modern and austere, the pride of the city overlooking the Rhine, will be full and hostile tonight.
40,000 tickets have been sold to support the renewed and damaged Switzerland in an attempt to trip the fresh champions. The glorious European has just finished and the Azzurri are already expected by one game with no return, damn complicated. Giorgio’s analysis Chiellini, on his return after the bench against Bulgaria, leaves no room for interpretations: “I hope that tonight is not decisive because if it becomes, it means that we have lost …”.
In case of defeat, Italy would no longer be the master of its own destiny
in the group and the ghosts of a complicated play-off would appear, very difficult to manage, even on a psychological level, after the catastrophic one against Sweden in 2017. In two months, the Azzurri world risks turning upside down. The direct match of the group must be faced as if it were a final, with the spirit that allowed the national team to go beyond its limits and reach the magical night of Wembley. The danger is real, but Switzerland is opposed by a team that hasn’t lost for three years and is hunting for the thirty-sixth consecutive profit, like no one in Europe and only Brazil in the world (but the data on the Seleçao is controversial).
In the first moment of difficulty Mancini does not lose confidence and goes beyond fears: «If we want to improve, we must not be trapped in memories. We know we have to win, but we also know we have the qualities to do it. With Bulgaria we shot 27 times and only allowed one action. You leave like this, usually, they take home. It will only take a little more precision », the invitation to his disciples before finishing the lawn of the St Jakob where the eyes were focused on the injured, especially Verratti, who in Florence had a bad blow to his knee. L’Italy
is improving, but the coach will release his reserves only on Sunday morning and in the meantime he put in early warning Locatelli, who had scored an exciting double for Switzerland in the second game of the European Championship. The same Immobile complains of some problems but he should be in his place even if the coach, in search of greater offensive danger, always caresses the hypothesis of a light Tridentine with Chiesa, Insigne and one between Bernardeschi and Berardi.
For the rest, in addition to Chiellini, the other novelty is the return of Di Lorenzo in defense in place of Florenzi. «The changes are important and whoever comes to the bench must be ready “. The message has several recipients, especially friends Zaniolo e Kean. Tomorrow, with the game in progress, Italy may need their freshness. But in the meantime we start from the peel of the European champions.
September 5, 2021 (change September 5, 2021 | 19:39)
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