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Post by rincon on Fri Nov 08, 2019 5:00 pm

a very different call up since qualification is sealed.

Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Donnarumma (Milan), Pierluigi Gollini (Atalanta), Alex Meret (Napoli), Salvatore Sirigu (Torino)

Defenders: Francesco Acerbi (Lazio), Cristiano Biraghi (Inter), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Andrea Cistana (Brescia), Giovanni Di Lorenzo (Napoli), Emerson Palmieri (Chelsea), Alessandro Florenzi (Roma), Armando Izzo (Torino), Gianluca Mancini (Roma), Alessio Romagnoli (Milan), Leonardo Spinazzola (Roma)

Midfielders: Nicolò Barella (Inter), Gaetano Castrovilli (Fiorentina), Jorginho (Chelsea), Rolando Mandragora (Udinese), Marco Verratti (Paris Saint-Germain), Nicolò Zaniolo (Roma)

Forwards: Andrea Belotti (Torino), Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo), Federico Bernardeschi (Juventus), Federico Chiesa (Fiorentina), Stephan El Shaarawy (Shanghai Shenhua), Ciro Immobile (Lazio), Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli), Riccardo Orsolini (Bologna)

bolded some new or recently returning names

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Post by rincon on Tue Nov 19, 2019 9:28 am

Mancini confirmed his team is pretty set now except 3 positions or so, injuries permitting.

GK: Donnarumma, Sirigu, Meret
FB: Emerson, Spinazzola, Florenzi, De Sciglio
CB: Chiellini, Bonucci, Acerbi, Romagnoli
CM: Jorginho, Verratti, Barella, Sensi, Pellegrini, Tonali
FW: Insigne, Chiesa, Bernardeschi, Zaniolo
CF: Belotti, Immobile

The main challengers for those 3 not bolded are Cragno, Mancini, Izzo, Di Lorenzo, Biraghi.

The rest tried should be either back to the youth squads (Castrovilli, Kean, Orsolini, etc.) or excluded for now (El Shaarawy, Balotelli, Lasagna, etc.)
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Post by Arquitecto on Wed Nov 20, 2019 2:06 pm

El Shaarawy should most definitely be selected as he is the most skilled as a whole within the forwards and tends to perform relatively well for Azzurri. Balotelli on the other hand is not the same and continues to have the drama around him, "resurgences" and is just finished as a whole, despite his past for Italia.

Would pick Mancini & Di Lorenzo as well given they offer a considerable amount respectively, as well.


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Post by rincon on Wed Nov 20, 2019 2:36 pm

El Shaarawy chose to semi-retire in his 20s instead of raising his level. No chance he gets in ahead of the the existing 4. If no injury comes to them, it would be min boggling to leave out Insigne, Chiesa, Bernardeschi and Zaniolo.

Difficult to pick Mancini over Romganoli but not out of the question. Di Lorenzo or De Sciglio doesn't matter too much, both are fine.
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Post by Arquitecto on Wed Nov 20, 2019 3:13 pm

I agree on El Shaarawy and it was a thoroughly disappointing move from him in what already was a poorly guided footballer. Thankfully he is still 27 and most Europeans who go to China usually choose to go back since its so uninspiring to play there so I hope that is the case.

De Sciglio is a player weak in his mentality but usually performs well for Azzurri so I would include him added with his ambidextrous option.

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Post by rincon on Thu Nov 21, 2019 1:05 pm

The azzurrrini won again.

A renovation of the squad and change of coach after the Euros. Di Biagio was replaced with Nicolato. They have yet to play a top opponent since they are in the qualifiers, but the results are great. In 6 matches the U21 haven't even conceded a goal.

4-0 Moldova
5-0 Luxembourg
0-0 Ireland
1-0 Armenia
3-0 Iceland
6-0 Armenia

A lot of the old squad graduated (at least temporarily) even if they are still like Donnarumma, Tonali and Zaniolo. Where the senior team is looking for a CF, Nicolate has too many. In last nights he played with 3 CF basically, and subbed in another from the bench.

Versions of this team reached the final of the Euro U19 last year, and the semis of the WC U20 this year, now they are moving on the Euro U21 next year.

Last match:
Cutrone - Pinamonti - Kean
Locatelli - Carraro - Zanellato
Sala - Ranieri - Del Prato - Adjapong
Carnescchi

Notable absences are Luca Pellgrini (LB), Bastoni (CB), Sottil (FW), Esposito (CF) and Favilli (CF). Scamacca (CF) came in and scored.

Hope some of the 6 CFs in this team can make the jump. Luca and Adjapong should be in the senior team in due time considering our weak fullbacks they have it easiest. Many of them already playing at top level which is great to see.
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