A week after their debut with Turkey, the Azzurri confirm the excellent sensations: the formation towards the world premiere seems sculpted.
Bright blue. If against San Marino it could have been a warm-up, the friendly between Italy and the Czech Republic was the ‘dress rehearsal’, to use theatrical jargon. One week before the start of Euro 2020, the Azzurri have consolidated even more the certainties built up over the last three years. That is, from the arrival of the CT Roberto Mancini.
The wise Insigne – fresh from his thirtieth birthday – said it: awareness is there now. The European Championship starts in 7 days and Italy wants to live it game by game, without making predictions or setting limits. Meanwhile, there is a certainty. Indeed, in reality more than one. It’s probably ten elevenths.
General rehearsal, including training. The line in front of Donnarumma was only tested to verify the harmony with the full backs, given that Bonucci e Chiellini after 10 years together in the club they know each other like the back of their hand. Florenzi e Spinazzola take up and down times. And they work.
Chosen by Goal
In midfield, the only question mark. Stretcher e Jorginho are essential, Verratti is the plus that can guarantee the leap in quality. Its conditions are the only uncertainty. In any case, Manuel Locatelli has certified that he can be a reliable deputy, even without the flashes of genius of the owl of the PSG.
Even the attack three seem already outlined. With Badge fixed point on the left-handed lane, probably perennial runoffs between Chiesa and Berardi on the right and between Belotti and Immobile in the center could be resolved in favor of the latter.
On the other hand, when the Sassuolo winger wears the blue, it has a real ‘nine’ streak. 5 goals in the last 6 games with Italy and an advantage over Chiesa, probably even more skilled than him in the current game. IS Immobile gains advantage over Belotti thanks to his goal and above all to the brilliant understanding with his friend Badge.
Italy is made, in Mancini’s mind. Italy has clear ideas, has confidence, has awareness. Get to Euro 2020 in the best way, with 27 consecutive games without ever losing. With an unbeaten CT. With 8 wins in a row without ever conceding a goal. Now the step forward: replicating itself also on the big stage. The Olimpico, finally with the public, is ready for the show.