Nations League: Italy vs Poland (& Ukraine Friendly)

Discussion in 'Italy: National Teams' started by Mean Machine, Oct 5, 2018.

  1. Mean Machine

    Mean Machine Member

    Juventus
    Italy
    May 23, 2018
    Here is Mancini's Squad:

    Italy squad to face Ukraine and Poland: Alessio Cragno (Cagliari), Gianluigi Donnarumma (Milan), Mattia Perin (Juventus), Salvatore Sirigu (Torino); Francesco Acerbi (Lazio), Cristiano Biraghi (Fiorentina), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Domenico Criscito (Genoa), Danilo D’Ambrosio (Inter), Emerson Palmieri (Chelsea), Alessandro Florenzi (Roma), Alessio Romagnoli (Milan); Nicolo Barella (Cagliari), Federico Bernardeschi (Juventus), Giacomo Bonaventura (Milan), Roberto Gagliardini (Inter), Jorginho (Chelsea), Lorenzo Pellegrini (Roma), Marco Verratti (Paris Saint-Germain); Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo), Gianluca Caprari (Sampdoria), Federico Chiesa (Fiorentina), Patrick Cutrone (Milan), Sebastian Giovinco (Toronto FC), Ciro Immobile (Lazio), Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli), Simone Zaza (Torino)

    Belotti is dropped. Not sure why, I guess he just had a slow start.

    Balotelli is deservedly dropped. It might be a blessing in disguise that Rugani and Caldara are injured. I mean I do feel both of those defenders will get better and have great potential, However we have a huge new project to build with a new team, and I really don't think inexperienced players like Rugani and Caldara are ready for this yet, especially the state that the whole national team is in.

    Here is what I hope to see with this squad:

    -Chiesa-Immobile-Bernardeschi-
    -Bonaventura-Jorgino-Verratti-Florenzi-
    -Chiellini-Bonucci-Romagnoli-
    -Donnarumma-
    I do not see Cristante anywhere. I wonder why not. Jorginho I'm willing to give another chance. So far I have not been too impressed with him, but let's see how he does with Verratti back. I also think we need to try Cutrone as striker as well.
     
  2. calabrese8

    calabrese8 Member+

    Feb 9, 2008
    Vancouver
    Club:
    Juventus FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    Those two CMs together as a two will get eaten alive
     
  3. falvo

    falvo Member+

    Mar 27, 2005
    San Jose & Florence
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
  4. UdineseFan98

    UdineseFan98 Member

    Mar 12, 2017
    St. Catherines, ON
    Club:
    Udinese Calcio
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    Cutrone will score a big goal against poland to give us a win.
     
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  5. toronto_soccer

    toronto_soccer Member+

    Mar 21, 2006
    Club:
    Toronto FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    Giovinco called up to the NT again!!!!

    I was vacationing in Central America and this was headline news. It was on the Fox Sports and ESPN (Mexican affiliates) sports tickers all day.

    [​IMG]
     
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  6. falvo

    falvo Member+

    Mar 27, 2005
    San Jose & Florence
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    Yeah but what about "the level of the league"? :):):)
     
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  7. toronto_soccer

    toronto_soccer Member+

    Mar 21, 2006
    Club:
    Toronto FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    We all know the level of MLS. But the Atomic Ant dominates it.

    Hopefully he sees some minutes these two games.
     
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  8. falvo

    falvo Member+

    Mar 27, 2005
    San Jose & Florence
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    Yeah I think that level of the league moniker is overrated and overplayed. I was watching Geona lose to Parma 1-3 at home this morning and just 2 years ago they were militating in the Serie D or the 4th division. Depending on what happens today, Parma is now in 7th place in Serie A. You play with and against better players and you raise your level of play. That has been going on for as long as I remember.
     
  9. TorontoCalabria

    Fiorentina
    Italy
    Sep 12, 2018
    Woukd like to see Insigne in a SS role behind Immobile/Cutrone.
    Mancini has really remade Insigne into a world class forward rather than a tricky winger.

    4411

    ———————Immobile
    ———————-Insigne
    Bonaventura—Barrella-Verratti-Bernar..
    Criscito——-Chielini—Bonnucci—-Florenzi
    ————————Gigio

    That basically mimics Ancelottis 442 with one winger and three CMs

    Cutrone Chiesa Jorginho off the bench
    Besides the LB position this is very strong
     
  10. Pietro Calcio

    Pietro Calcio Member+

    Jul 28, 2007
    Club:
    AS Roma
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    IAF

    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzz
     
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  11. Mean Machine

    Mean Machine Member

    Juventus
    Italy
    May 23, 2018
    ?????? What is this supposed to mean? What's IAF? What's ZZZZZZZZ?
     
  12. Il Ciuccio

    Il Ciuccio Member+

    Feb 17, 2010
    Club:
    SSC Napoli
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    Mancini colored his hair for this game lol
     
  13. UdineseFan98

    UdineseFan98 Member

    Mar 12, 2017
    St. Catherines, ON
    Club:
    Udinese Calcio
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    I think you mean Ancelotti
     
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  14. Pietro Calcio

    Pietro Calcio Member+

    Jul 28, 2007
    Club:
    AS Roma
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    IAF/MeanMachine/Toronto Calabria/etc/etc

    Just messing with you bro... ( or Bros ) depending on how your mind sees it :D
     
  15. Mean Machine

    Mean Machine Member

    Juventus
    Italy
    May 23, 2018
    Ahh ok, LOL!
     
  16. Alex101

    Alex101 Member

    Mar 15, 2017
    No Cutrone, Immobile, Zaza, Belotti, Balotelli.

    Mancini called up Lasagna now this is very concerning. Might a well start bernadeschi as forward.

    He also wants to call up Allan from Napoli, I say he goes for it, With Allan, Veratti, Joringinho and Barella thats a decent midfield
     
  17. TorontoCalabria

    Fiorentina
    Italy
    Sep 12, 2018
    Bernardeschi false 9 predicted
    With Chiesa and Insigne
    Barella Jorginho Verratti midfield 3
    Very excited for the midfield,
    false 9 is not a long term plan I would think
     
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  18. TorontoCalabria

    Fiorentina
    Italy
    Sep 12, 2018
    Yes I meant Carlo, he’s done a great job with Lorenzo
     
  19. 'Uaglio

    'Uaglio Member+

    Jun 8, 2004
    NYC
    If it were up to me, I'd play:

    ------- Insigne Bernardeschi
    Chiesa Barella Pellegrini Verratti Florenzi
    --- Chiellini Bonucci Romagnoli
    --------Donnarumma-------------

    That is a dynamic team with a ton of skill and a lot of interchangeable parts. All those midfielders can attack but they also can play good defense. No slow footed Jorginho out there to cripple the midfield.
     
  20. Mean Machine

    Mean Machine Member

    Juventus
    Italy
    May 23, 2018
    What happened to Immobile?
     
  21. calabrese8

    calabrese8 Member+

    Feb 9, 2008
    Vancouver
    Club:
    Juventus FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    Resting him for the meaningful game just in case since no other strikers
     
  22. krado33

    krado33 Member+

    May 23, 2014
    Club:
    AS Roma
    So it's really just Berna as no 10 in a 4-3-1-2? oh man its like my dream line-up:cool: let's see if it works now.
     
  23. TorontoCalabria

    Fiorentina
    Italy
    Sep 12, 2018
    Yeah he’s playing the 11 most talented players without a doubt. Not sure if everyone can do their job but there is a lot of quality on the field. I see Immobile and Cutrone as the only number 9s for this group. Midfield is the best it’s been since 2012/14.
     
  24. johnny6

    johnny6 Member+

    AC Milan
    Italy
    Jun 29, 2011
    Club:
    AC Milan
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
  25. Gatorbomb

    Gatorbomb Member

    Jan 19, 2011
    Club:
    Juventus FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    Anyone have a good stream?
     

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