Italy sing the blues in Munich
|Title||Italy sing the blues in Munich|
|Description||Antonio Conte gave his squad a public notice: “I have 16 certainties for now.'Italy showed promise against Spain last week, denied a victory only by an offside goal shortly after Lorenzo Insigne's opener. Conte was looking for more of the same against Germany on Tuesday. More players forcing his hand and playing themselves into tournament contention.Instead, the Azzurri offered a decidedly poor showing in Munich. A 4-1 thumping highlighted where this side is at. The defeat revealed most notably if Conte's team wants to compete in France then the strongest line-up must be available, because the depth proved non-existent at the Allianz Arena.“There was no need to act triumphant after Spain,'the CT said after this defeat, “and we realise there is a gap to be bridged to the other teams.'
On Tuesday's showing, it's a big gap.Italy continued with the 3-4-3 shape, which did provide added verve in Udine compared to what has tended to be a lacklustre Nazionale over the past couple of years. A front three of Insigne and Federico Bernardeschi flanking Simone Zaza looked exciting on paper. Only problem was they rarely got into dangerous positions and could work as a tandem.If something good did arise, it usually involved Insigne. After ‘clearing the air' with Conte, the Napoli winger's past week – coupled with scintillating club form – will surely see him go to France.He provided Riccardo Montolivo with a pass just after the interval which should have been buried, the only time Italy broke through the Germany defence. Likewise, Stephan El Shaarawy provided a spark after his introduction and also grabbed a consolation to ensure a three-goal margin. Still, it's Italy's heaviest defeat to Germany since a 5-2 loss back in 1939.The problem was further back.
Conte said afterwards “we needed these important tests to evaluate ourselves,'and something he can take from Munich (good [url=http://www.futcoin.com]fut 16 coins[/url]) is that a central midfield pair should be shelved. Especially if it includes players as immobile as Montolivo and Thiago Motta. True, Italy lacked probable starters Claudio Marchisio and Marco Verratti, but the way Germany cruised through the midfield will be disconcerting. That's where the system fell short. Spain don't play as vertically and so the limitations were not as forthcoming.When Italy did get a foothold on possession, it was either to isolated figures or slow and ponderous. [url=http://www.futcoin.com]click here[/url]