After its exclusion of the World, Italy must undertake a youthful twist

Photo: Miguel Medina Agence France-Presse
The Italian players show their disappointment at the end of the qualifying match against Sweden, on November 13, in the San Siro stadium in Milan.

Outside the old guard ! The Italian national football team needs a serious injection of young talent after his first exclusion from the final phase of the world Cup in 60 years.

 

Goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, defender Andrea Barzagli and midfielder Daniele De Rossi — the three players are winners of the 2006 world Cup that are always a part of the selection — announced their international retirement following the setback of a 1-0 suffered at the feet of Sweden in the playoff game.

 

The veteran defender Giorgio Chiellini dream also retired. “We should all take a step back in order to start again on new bases, said Chiellini. The Italian football has just reached the bottom of the barrel. We need to take advantage of this time to perform an overhaul of the team. “

 

The coach, Gian Piero Ventura, is guaranteed to lose his position. Several also require that the president of the national federation, Carlo Tavecchio, resigned.

The Italian football has just reached the bottom of the barrel. We need to take advantage of this time to perform an overhaul of the team.
Giorgio Chiellini, defender

Outside the old guard ! The Italian national football team needs a serious injection of young talent after his first exclusion from the final phase of the world Cup in 60 years.

 

Goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, defender Andrea Barzagli and midfielder Daniele De Rossi — the three players are winners of the 2006 world Cup that are always a part of the selection — announced their international retirement following the reverse 1-0 in total goals suffered at the feet of Sweden in the playoff game.

 

The veteran defender Giorgio Chiellini dream also retired.

 

“We should all take a step back in order to start again on new bases, said Chiellini. The Italian football has just reached the bottom of the barrel. We need to take advantage of this time to perform an overhaul of the team. “

 

The coach, Gian Piero Ventura, is guaranteed to lose his position. Several also require that the president of the national federation, Carlo Tavecchio, resigned. Who, therefore, must remain within the Squadra azurra ?

 

The simplest answer to this question lies in front of the net, where the young from 18 years of age AC Milan, Gianluigi Donnarumma, should replace Buffon.

 

In defence, Leonardo Bonucci could be the last member of the trio ” BBC ” — completed by Barzagli and Chiellini — selected. The young Daniele Rugani, Alessio Romagnoli and Mattia Caldara will be seriously considered.

 

There is hope in the middle of the field also. Even though Marco Verratti has not offered a good performance in the replacement of Andrea Pirlo, we would expect to see a lot of the player of the Paris Saint-Germain in the coming years.

 

We can think of the player of brazilian origin Jorginho, who played his first minutes in the return match against Sweden and showed that he can be a reliable option. Roberto Gagliardini, the very physical of 23 years at Inter Milan, should also get more playing time.

 

At the front, the talented wingers Lorenzo Badge and Stephan El Shaarawy are approaching their zenith, while in the centre, Ciro Immobile and Andrea Belotti are only in the mid-twenties. At 27 years of age, Mario Balotelli, often excluded from the training, could still contribute, especially if it gains maturity.

 

Other players to watch are striker of Fiorentina’s Federico Chiesa, 20 years, and Sassualo, Domenico Berardi, who is 23 years old. The right back of the age of 23 to AC Milan, Andrea Conti, as is the middle of 21-year-old AS Roma Lorenzo Pellegrini, could also drill through the formation.

 

A big question remains : who will replace Ventura ? It is expected that Ventura resigns or is fired. Even if his contract was recently extended until 2020, the agreement contained a cancellation clause in the event of qualification failed.

 

Carlo Ancelotti, sacked by Bayern Munich in September, is mentioned as a replacing potential. The one who led Juventus of Turin and AC Milan before going into exile at Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid and Bayern, has experience in big clubs that Ventura had not. Remains to be seen if Ancelotti is interested in the national team or if he prefers to work in a club.

 

The other options are to place someone on an interim basis, in order to attract Antonio Conte, who admitted to get bored of Italy since he is at Chelsea. Or maybe the coach of Juventus, Massimiliano Allegri, or the Zenith, Saint-Petersburg, Roberto Mancini, once their season ended.

 

As for Tavecchio, its status has been called into doubt by the president of the Italian olympic Committee, Giovanni Malago, who oversees all sports in the country.

 

“I asked him what were his intentions. He told me that he was supposed to meet with the federation [Wednesday], said Malago Tuesday. If I was him, I would resign. “

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