Italian National Team: Building Towards Their Second European Championship

Italian National Team: Building Towards Their Second European Championship

The Italian team will compete in this edition of the European Championship with the responsibility of fighting for their second European championship. Coach Roberto Mancini, 58, resigned from his position in August last year and ended his tenure after six years in charge of Italy. He led the team in 61 official matches, achieving 37 wins, 17 draws and nine defeats.

The Italian coach was responsible for building a solid and competitive team on the European stage and won the European Cup, ending a 53-year absence from the team’s first title in the competition. However, Mancini’s career with the Italian national team also had negative results, including Italy not qualifying for two World Cups: 2018 and 2022.

Luciano Spalletti was chosen to succeed Mancini as coach of the Italian national team and will have the challenge of maintaining a competitive team to compete in the European Championship, including new talents in this new cycle.

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Spalletti’s team has been using the 3-4-2-1 structure, with several player changes. The Italian coach, since taking over the team, has tried to choose his starting lineup according to the opponent he faces. The trio of defenders should consist of Darmian, Mancini and Bastoni. The left winger will be Dimarco, who has great influence on the team’s offensive phase, having the role of providing width and stepping into the area as a surprise element to finish. The choice of winger on the opposite side will be between Di Lorenzo and Bellanova. The certainty in Spalletti’s Italian team is the presence of Barella and Jorginho, who actively participate in the construction of the game from the defense. The most advanced midfielders should be Chiesa, starting from the left aisle, and Pellegrini or Frattesi occupying the interior areas on the right. In command of the attack, Scamacca tends to be Italy’s starting center forward to compete in the Euro Cup.

The Italy team makes some variations in its first construction phase. The first of these is carried out with Darmian opening to position himself as a right-back, with Mancini and Bastoni forming a pair of defenders and Dimarco on the left. With this, the team executes a sustained exit with six players (4+2), as Jorginho and Barella drop down to provide a passing option and are positioned with their backs to the opposing team’s first marking line.

In the second variation, Jorginho will perform the lowering movement and form a pair with Mancini in defense, freeing Bastoni to become a left-back and Darmian will be the right-back on the opposite side. This way, Barella will be the first midfield man and Pellegrini will position himself close to the team captain, offering passing lines as a second midfielder. Dimarco and Di Lorenzo project themselves down the aisles, with Chiesa falling more centrally to stay close to Scamacca.

The team’s ball release is created through short and quick touches, aiming to turn the ball from one side to the other. The intention of this construction, with the participation of six players, is to attract the entire opponent to their defensive field to then overcome the first marking block and activate both the interior midfielders and the wingers who will be projected into the attacking field.

Italy is structured in an offensive phase in 3-2-5, with variations in movement between Chiesa and Dimarco on the left side of the field, creating unpredictability for the opponent to be able to fit the marking in the sector. Spalletti’s men value objectivity when they enter the last third of the field. It is not a team that will have total control of possession and, as a result, will seek to reach the attack as quickly as possible to finish. Barella and Jorginho play a fundamental role in finding passes between the lines or reversing the corridor to give the winger freedom to progress. The team carries out a more positional attack, with players occupying zones already pre-established by Spalletti. The presence of Scamacca as the team’s center forward tends to increase the effectiveness of the Italian attack.

Spalletti’s team is aggressive when not in control of possession, always seeking to put pressure on the man on the ball, with the midfielders and defenders (Bastoni or Mancini) performing many jumps on the opposing attackers.

The Italian team usually climbs the block and directs the opponent’s ball to the sides of the field, as they will have numerical superiority in the sector and consequently more chances of regaining control of ball possession. In this way, the team makes some man-to-man interactions, with Barella as an essential piece in the pressure on his opponent in the midfield sector.

However, when the team is attacked and needs to lower its marking block, we observe the 5-4-1 structure, with the wingers dropping down to form the line of five and the midfielders, who act as interior players, dropping down to recover on the sides. .

Nicoló Barella, 27 years old, is one of the main midfielders in world football. The Italian is the engine that drives the midfield of Inter Milan, current champions of Italy. In Serie A this season, Barella was the player who made the most passes into depth (64) and the third to make the most passes into the final third of the field (302).

At the height of his 27 years, he is a midfielder who can dominate the main indicators of the sector, having excellent ball control, an excellent defensive ability to control spaces in the midfield region and a keen sense of making defensive anticipations. . The Italian team will need to count on the best version of Barella to dream of winning their second European championship.

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Scamacca, 25 years old, is one of Italy’s biggest bets for this edition of the Euro Cup. The Italian was one of Atalanta’s technical references, which won the Europa League – the first European title in the club’s history.

The Italian center forward played 27 games and scored 11 goals for Serie A. In the Bergamo club’s European title campaign, Scamacca was instrumental with decisive goals in the quarter-finals and semi-finals of the competition. In total, he played in 10 games and found the net on six occasions.

Scamacca demonstrates ease in finishing with both legs, using his body well both to pivot and to spin around the marker. In addition to being 1.95m tall, he has a good sense of positioning inside the box and usually gains an advantage over defenders to head headers.

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2024-06-12 21:32:39
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