Ventura's Italia

Discussion in 'Italy: National Teams' started by Stamos, Jul 2, 2016.

  1. totti fan

    totti fan Member+

    Jun 24, 2010
    Club:
    SSC Napoli
    Country:
    Italy
    May be some truth to the rumours. Interesting that he was "rested" for the next league game when many of the others from the CL tie were not.
     
  2. Rosay

    Rosay Member+

    May 7, 2014
    Club:
    AC Milan
    Had to go break Rihanna's back in
     
  3. sempreITALIA

    sempreITALIA Member

    Feb 9, 2012
    Club:
    Juventus FC
    Country:
    Italy
    Balotelli hoping to get a peak into Ventura's side for the upcoming matches. Belotti is far and away the starting center forward for the national team going forward, but Balotelli has alway performed for the national team (13 goals in 33 appearances) and wouldn't be a bad tertiary option behind the likes of Immobile/Gabbiadini. Balotelli's club shenanigans aside, he has always comported himself civilly while on duty with the national team. Plus, the numbers for Balotelli this season aren't anything to balk at -- 10 goals in 16 Ligue 1 matches is more than Zaza, Pavoletti, and Eder can put their name to this season.

    The likes of Falcinelli, Inglese, etc. just aren't proven enough even at club level to be called into the national team at this time. For now, I don't see why Balotelli isn't considered more than qualified to be the 3rd or 4th option.
     
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  4. Nek Sanalet

    Nek Sanalet Member+

    Dec 30, 2013
    Club:
    AC Milan
    If Ventura is going to take 4 Center Forwards, then Balotelli should make the squad. But I don't see the need for more than three (unless 4 2 4 or 3 5 2 is deployed)...and Belotti, Immobile, and Gabbiadini are all more deserving. I think Balotelli's latest troubles with teammates/coaches has sealed his fate anyway. Zaza will be the fourth guy if Ventura goes down that route unfortunately.

    I'm calling it now.... Gagliardini will become a better player than Verratti. I hate praising any Inter guys, but he's the real deal.
     
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  5. Calci0

    Calci0 Member

    Jun 22, 2013
    NC
    Club:
    Juventus FC
    #855 Calci0, Apr 9, 2017
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    With 4 goals (and a really nice [no pun intended] assist) in his last 4 games, he's at least putting his name in the hat.
     
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  6. Alex101

    Alex101 Member

    Mar 15, 2017
    ....So

    France just had an 18 and 19 year old both score today in the CL game for Dortmund and Monaco.....I fear this team will be unstoppable and I hate France.
     
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  7. UdineseFan98

    UdineseFan98 Member

    Mar 12, 2017
    St. Catherines, ON
    Club:
    Udinese Calcio
    Country:
    Italy
    So what? We have the best young goalkeeper in the world.
     
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  8. Rosay

    Rosay Member+

    May 7, 2014
    Club:
    AC Milan
    Eyyyyyyyyyyyyy
     
  9. totti fan

    totti fan Member+

    Jun 24, 2010
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    SSC Napoli
    Country:
    Italy
    champions league experience would be nice though
     
  10. Calcio Pauly

    Calcio Pauly Member+

    Jun 17, 2012
    Club:
    AC Milan
    It's coming.
     
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  11. Calci0

    Calci0 Member

    Jun 22, 2013
    NC
    Club:
    Juventus FC
    No Balotelli?!? I'm not saying he needs to start, but at least a call-up......
     
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  12. afar

    afar Member+

    Apr 26, 2007
    Insigne has been absolutely superb this season. Hopefully Ventura uses him the right way, rather than have him run up and down the flank.
     
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  13. falvo

    falvo Member+

    Mar 27, 2005
    San Jose & Florence
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Country:
    Italy
    Nice to see Udinese GK Simone Scuffet back in the mix.....
     
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  14. Rosay

    Rosay Member+

    May 7, 2014
    Club:
    AC Milan
    I like him too. then he let's in 5 against Inter hahha
     
  15. falvo

    falvo Member+

    Mar 27, 2005
    San Jose & Florence
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Country:
    Italy
    He could have gone to Atletico Madrid and even won right away. His parents wanted him to get his diploma. I think he made the right decision as playing abroad for a 18-20 year old is not all peaches and cream. He turns 21 in a few days and its nice to see him celebrate with the national team.
     
  16. UdineseFan98

    UdineseFan98 Member

    Mar 12, 2017
    St. Catherines, ON
    Club:
    Udinese Calcio
    Country:
    Italy
    I believe that he will be our starter next year. He is a very capable goalkeeper and has a boatload of potential. He is still only 20. Not sure he will get any game time, but it is still a great learning experience for him
     
  17. thorus

    thorus Member

    Feb 28, 2016
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    Kinda disappointed Roberto Soriano (Villareal) didn't make the cut. He had a solid season at the Spanish club.
     
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  18. totti fan

    totti fan Member+

    Jun 24, 2010
    Club:
    SSC Napoli
    Country:
    Italy
    I watched the U20s last night for the first time this tourney and I was very impressed.

    They showed a high level of technical ability with their crisp and pinpoint passing being a definite standout v France. The two goals for example were from sublime crosses and a third goal was ruled out for a very tight but correct offside call. Italy were the better and more dominant side in possession when the game was in the balance and it was only when France went behind that they were allowed to get a look in.

    France were dangerous with the one on ones, typical big negro athletic types who were prepared to take on their opponent and often beat their player. Most of their shots were power shots were from well outside the area although there was a couple of scares. The Italian keeper put in a memorable performance with a terrific match and really looked in control of his area.
     
  19. 'Uaglio

    'Uaglio Member+

    Jun 8, 2004
    NYC
    Most nations take the Under 20 World Cup seriously. We never have. We prioritize the Euro Under 21 tourney much more. So, theoretically, the talent on the Under 20 roster is never as good as the U-21s. I have to say though that those kids really impressed me yesterday. I don't get to see a lot of them because they are in Serie B.

    I obviously knew about Orsolini. He's pure class. Mandragora is a stud too. But, Panico and Favilli played very well this tourney. Panico is a dart. Pezzella I believe is on Palermo and that kid can really play fullback. Finally, I was really impressed with Zaccagno in goal. He didn't play well vs Japan but otherwise has been a stud this tournament. He's not big but his reflexes and leaping ability are top notch. Reminds me a bit of Gianluca Piagluca for those of you old enough to remember.
     
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  20. falvo

    falvo Member+

    Mar 27, 2005
    San Jose & Florence
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Country:
    Italy
    I'm not sure the Euro Under 21 outweighs both the Under 20 WC and the U23 Olympics. To me they should all be equally important but I guess its whatever the clubs say that goes. Looking at rosters in the last few weeks alone, you see very many Under 20 year old's starting for their teams and it makes you wonder why they were never picked for this tournament? Obviously, the Serie A comes first.
     
  21. Calci0

    Calci0 Member

    Jun 22, 2013
    NC
    Club:
    Juventus FC
  22. Il Ciuccio

    Il Ciuccio Member+

    Feb 17, 2010
    Club:
    SSC Napoli
    Country:
    Italy
    He is getting transferred after one year after a good season...hmmm
     
  23. Calcio Pauly

    Calcio Pauly Member+

    Jun 17, 2012
    Club:
    AC Milan
    To a better club that has direct entry to CL.
     
  24. Rosay

    Rosay Member+

    May 7, 2014
    Club:
    AC Milan
    who is?
     

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