There is something magical and special about this group of dreamy boys dressed in blue. Who wear the clothes of the apparently naïve, of the Provincial Cousins, of those who had never seen such dazzling and colorful spotlights before. But the moment of therefore arrives and they are transformed, pushed towards the goal. In Roberto Mancini’s Italy there is study, desire, unity, there is a group, there is a team, there is Italy. The die is certainly not drawn but the first pass, which also seemed the most inaccessible hillock because Turkey’s meshes are as tight as the Dardanelles, was overcome after some initial trouble.
MANCINI PROJECT There is a great maturity in the eyes of these guys. Who go to lessons from a coach who is an esthete, from two central defensive units who are Senators and will be so for life. Coldly rethought the night of the Olimpico has an achievement that is anything but Italian. Because we live in the country completely and immediately, of pret a manger and also to be thrown to the lions. Instead there is a planning, a farsightedness and also a patience, in this blue cycle, which amazes but which must also be Sirius for the generations to come. The coach who signs until two thousand and six before the games are on the table. Turkey which is barricaded and Italy which then raises the pace and, one post after another, a hook and many jabs to the body and face, unleash the three blows of the technical knockout. There is attention to detail, study, patience, there is everything we are not used to.
STRONGER THAN THE MARKET There is above all maturity. That of players who, the Azzurri who point out this are right, are not distracted by the market sirens. And this is also a lesson for those who, on a daily basis, live off accusations against professionals who may be able to split between present and future, without one affecting the other in a negative way. Gianluigi Donnarumma from retirement is ready to put on the electrodes and have his pulse measured by the Parisian doctors: he will score 12 million times, and the extrasystoles will be especially for those who will have to pay their checks to PSG. Lorenzo Insigne has a renewal still to be signed with Napoli and this European could be an extraordinary world showcase for him. Domenico Berardi refused the idea of leaving the villages of his career but the one against the Turks is a player of fine silverware of a great. Manuel Locatelli, well convinced of his potential, has already decided to pack his suitcase and say goodbye to Sassuolo. It is in the days of choice, but after a timid start, of those in which you are addicted because under pressure, he lifted the anchor and released the assist for the first (self) goal of the Olimpico.
BROTHERS OF ITALY And then Giorgio Chiellini, who still does not have to formally say enough and who has a contract in white where he can affix his black with Massimiliano Allegri’s Juventus. Alessandro Florenzi, returned home but not yet to be a prophet at home, even in José Mourinho’s Rome. It is true for them and for all those who have not played with Turkey or have done so during the match in progress, from the uncertain and little grenade tomorrow of Andrea Belotti to the Italian saudade of Emerson Palmieri and beyond. It is worth a lot, as a response to those who secure sentences and syllogisms: market pressures equal poor performance. Brothers of Italy, this is Italy. Stronger than the uncertain future.