Italy will play in UEFA Euro 2024 subsequent summer season in Germany. It mustn’t sound like massive information contemplating that the Azzurri are the reigning champs. Nevertheless, many issues have modified for the reason that summer season of 2021 when Roberto Mancini’s staff gained in penalties in opposition to England at Wembley.
Since then the Italian nationwide staff had an enormous disaster that led the Azzurri shockingly lacking a second straight World Cup. Mancini, regardless of the large disappointment, determined to remain in cost however one yr later parted methods with the Italian federation earlier than agreeing a deal to grow to be the brand new supervisor of the Saudi Arabian nationwide staff.
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When Mancini left, Italy FA President Gabriele Gravina determined to nominate Luciano Spalletti as the brand new head coach. An skilled supervisor, he gained the Serie A title with Napoli simply weeks prior. The Italian coach had the tough activity of qualifying for Euro 2024 in the identical group as England and Spain, however most significantly, he needed to carry the constructive mentality again to the dressing room, which appeared a bit misplaced after the top of the Mancini cycle.
Spalletti did it, regardless of a number of points, such because the one which pressured Sandro Tonali and Nicolò Zaniolo to go away the coaching camp resulting from their connections with the unlawful sports activities betting scandal. Whereas, Zaniolo remains to be a part of the staff because the investigation remains to be occurring.
As for the way issues bought circled, first, Spalletti was in a position to shortly reinstall a very good spirit contained in the dressing room. That was his essential activity, because the historical past of the Italian nationwide staff inform us that good outcomes got here solely when the dressing room was united and on the identical web page, even after they weren’t probably the most proficient rosters, as occurred in 2021 on the Euros for example. It occurred with the assistance of some key gamers reminiscent of Giovanni Di Lorenzo, who was the captain at Napoli final season and probably the greatest gamers of the present Italian roster.
The Italian coach has additionally made some key and unpopular decisions, because the one to not name the captain of the staff, Ciro Motionless, for the final video games, for the reason that Lazio striker was not at his greatest. As a substitute of him, Spalletti known as Atalanta striker Gianluca Scamacca and Juventus’ Moise Kean, but in addition began the deciding recreation in opposition to Ukraine on Monday with Napoli’s Giacomo Raspadori as central striker. A transparent sign that Spalletti would not have a look at the previous, however he is solely targeted on the current of the staff.
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The present Italian roster shouldn’t be that totally different from the one which didn’t qualify for the 2022 World Cup underneath Mancini. Actually, other than Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini, two of probably the most iconic gamers of the current success of the Azzurri, the beginning lineup did not change a lot, with Inter’s Alessandro Bastoni and Francesco Acerbi as starters as a substitute of them in protection.
Italy tried to enhance additionally their stage of soccer within the current video games with Spalletti, even when the previous Napoli supervisor did not have a lot time and will primarily give attention to the outcomes to clinch the qualification. Italian striker Federico Chiesa, after the sport in opposition to North Macedonia, summed up the brand new cycle and the way the mentality modified very well.
“We conceded two targets? It is simply the need to play soccer. Because the coach desires, we’re proactive and now and again you’ll be able to concede some counterattacks. We confirmed that we wish to dominate the sport”.
Italy should not be the most effective staff round Europe and shouldn’t be thought of because the main candidates to win the event in 2024, regardless of making an attempt to defend their title. Nevertheless, the best mentality is lastly again within the dressing room after clinching the European qualification in opposition to Ukraine, and because the previous confirmed, that is what the Italian nationwide staff have to make a distinction throughout the massive tournaments.