This Italy doesn’t even look like Italy. She is beautiful. Plays well. He has fun. It is refractory to controversy. It convinces. He proselytes in Europe. He is not looking for a single man in charge but makes the group his strength. Italy, which wins by four goals in Bologna against a Czech Republic that will have to ask itself more than one question before its debut in nine days, is the daughter of its coach. But also of this new course, which before the European Championship renewed Mancini’s contract. Trust, cycle, long course. It doesn’t even look like Italy.
Because he tries to win with the game, even knowing that behind, in defense, there is a young man with two senators trying to make the Italians sleep a few less agitated nights. Donnarumma has a big voice and is not afraid to speak to the elderly. The blue rejuvenates Chiellini, Chiellini makes Bonucci safer. And everything comes by itself, in midfield, even without Verratti, because Locatelli does obscure work but his plot is an Arian thread that unites all the pieces of the blue domino. Jorginho is back from the hangover in Europe but has already disposed of and picked up the clapperboard. Stretcher, then. For the definitive comparison we will see, perhaps for the Albionic style who most remembers his appearance is the tawny Paul Scholes who in Manchester had the same center of gravity and the same hard impact on matches.
Italy has a center forward. Two, then the third who is a young man who dreams of making Schillaci. The second is the Rooster but for now he sings Immobile. He scored yesterday and when a nine is in trouble, when he manages to score and give the first note at a concert, it is always a signal, as well as a release. It is not a working-class Italy at all, keep quiet who thinks this is the right yardstick. Rather. It is a noble Italy, except that it is a dance group and does not have a prima donna, or a prima ballerina. If anything, it is a provincial Italy, but not a countryside one. He knows how to get his hands dirty as they learned to do in the minor categories in Sassuolo, he knows how to raise trophies and win. It is ready, above all. Not as a favorite. But there is. And after all, Italy cannot only participate. Never.