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Euro 2020 qualifiers

Here is the first list of players who have been called up by Roberto Mancini for the games vs Finland and Lichtenstein on March 23 and 26 respectively.

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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old March 15th, 2019, 21:43
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I am (pleasantly) suprised that Cristante was called and equally that Lo Pellegrini wasn't.

I expected Zaniolo, Chiesa and Barella to be called for the under 21 squad.

Overall a nice looking squad; a large part of a NT coach's success rests on them calling the best players available.
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post #3 of 17 (permalink) Old March 23rd, 2019, 17:48
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G. Donnarumma
L. Hradecky
A. Florenzi
A. Granlund
L. Bonucci
J. Toivio
G. Chiellini
J. Uronen
C. Biraghi
P. Arajuuri
Jorginho
P. Soiri
N. Barella
R. Schueller
M. Verratti
R. Lod
F. Chiesa
T. Sparv
F. Quagliarella
T. Pukki
F. Bernardeschi
L. Lappalainen
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R. Mancini
M. Kanerva

Kind of surprised to see florenzi back in the lineup after his disastrous last tournament performance. But nice to see quagliarella starting though that is more testament to the barrenness of the striker position. I'm sure kean will come on in second half.
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The above lineup is wrong actually. Kean will start, and immobile uke: too
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Good the result, but the opponent was mediocre and our performance all but impressive.
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post #6 of 17 (permalink) Old March 23rd, 2019, 23:22
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Just watched a highlights package. I saw Quags more than Immobile...

Otherwise, nice to see some players getting active chances
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post #7 of 17 (permalink) Old March 23rd, 2019, 23:40
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Two high quality finishes but they were not in keeping with the performance which I would describe as competent. The absence of Chiesa and Insigne naturally weighed.
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I would not call Immobile again either.
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post #9 of 17 (permalink) Old March 26th, 2019, 14:20
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Italy (probable): Donnarumma; Spinazzola, Bonucci, Romagnoli, Biraghi; Verratti, Sensi, Barella; Bernardeschi, Kean, Quagliarella

Nice to see Quags get a start today. Like I said, he had a dangerous header last game while Immobile didn't feature in the highlights package at all. Nice to see Kean up front again.

I've never seen Sensi play but with Barella and Verratti looks like a good ball-moving midfield that should take care of Licht with a clean sheet (hopefully).
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When Steano Sensi (168 cm? Mmmm, he could be easily shorter) scores with a header the first goal of the game there is very little more we can add about the game and the opponent.
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Anyway, at halftime we were 4-0 and 11v10 so hopefully we score a few more in the second half.
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Sensi, Verratti, Quagliarella 2 (both penalties), then during the second half Kean and Pavoletti
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Well at least they won by more than 3...
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Azzurri is becoming a fun energetic side again with these infusion of youngsters, and Mancini being uncharacteristically positive and welcoming to all of them in his football.


Will be interesting to follow how his final squad looks like next summer.

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Good to try more midfielders for verratti's inevitable tournament injury
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There is a rumour that the 2022 WC preiiminary draw - scheduled for July - will be delayed. That would give Mancini more games to try to get Italy into pot one.
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The last WC to worry about pots is 2022. When 200 team qualify for World Cup everyone (except may be Canada or something) will be in pot 1, no worries.

Start with believing the science then debate the means forward
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