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With Euro 2016 on the horizon, Mina Rzouki looks at how Italy are shaping up for the tournament this summer.

Projected starting XI
Buffon; Bonucci, Barzagli, Chiellini; Florenzi, Marchisio, Verratti, Darmian; Candreva, Zaza, El Shaarawy

http://www.espnfcasia.com/team/italy/162/blog/post/2834959/euro-2016-italy-preview-finds-azzurri-light-in-attack

Def u really need BBC backing up Buffon, as for the Mid still acceptable....not sure about the Att...is this the best we have? Zaza is good as subs....should we bring Balo back?
group of death...yay!
We will play 3 draws and once again get eliminated without losing a game.
we always end up in group of death....but anyway....let's keep our finger cross and have faith in our team....and non the less, in Conte we trust!

Forza Azzurri...!!!
I want to see more aggression and attacking power in the teams play, Conte needs to try to play with a more attack minded team then defensive minded.
Just an update:

Because of crap friendlies, we lost seed in WC qualies and now are in with Spain.

yay!
Its going to be a real test because Italy will have to find some way to get past the Pirlo era and move on. The rest have to step it up and its so frustrating the way Italy always seem to not try in friendlies. They've played well in some but this national side has to make more of an effort and make it a priority to win in future games.

I think with the WCQ, apart from Spain, Israel and Albania will pose as a threat but Macedonia& Liechtenstein should be easy wins for the team. I'm interested to see what Conte does with the MF.
I know Conte wants Mario Balotelli to be playing better for Liverpool to get a call up but I think he should be called up more often, Candereva was the most dangerous attacking player against Croatia but Balotelli would provide an attacking threat with speed, skill and he tends to drop back and link up with players. Balotelli is a hard worker on the pitch, his got the talent and does tend to step it up for Italy. Italy needs more firepower in the attacking department.
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Balo is done. There are lot of strikers trying to get into the nazionale. More than enough to choose from. Pele, Immo and Zaza are enough for now. It's the other positions that have to step up.

SAS miss was pretty pathetic for instance. Candreva also likes to shoot, but only scored a penalty.
^I don't think Balotelli is done. Tbh, his record for Italy isn't bad, in the last 2 big tournaments, he was Italy's best striker. His touch, speed, skill and finish is very good. I knew the pressure of Liverpool would destroy him, I didn't want him at Liverpool put rather stick it out in Serie A which better suits him. The english media is a rotten as hell and will drive him down, I think he needs to move back to Italy with a club that can give him consistent minutes.

The biggest dilemma is that Italy has yet to find a Pirlo replacement. Their no one in MF that can deliver the ball like him, hell even Pirlo had to drop back further to regain position from a deeper position.

I wish Conte would play a 4-3-3 formation, with Pelle playing up top, Giovinco and Canderva or even Zaza or El Sharaway as outside forwards. De Rossi, Marchisio and Verrrati in MF with Bonucci, Chellini in CBs while De Sciglio and Darmian playing as FBs.
Not impressed at all. All around awful performance from the team. All the players either had a bad game or didn't play well enough. The back-line just didn't couldn't handle the two goals, the Juve trio with Bonucci and Chellini at fault for the two goals. The wingbacks didn't provide much and I just don't see the point of playing Canderva in the center of the pitch, he looked a lot more comfortable when we switched to a 3-4-3 on the right hand side. Verrarti was good at keeping possession and to get back and on the ball but his service in the 18 and shooting wasn't good at all. Immobile blew some good chances and Zaza was kept quite.

I want to see a 3-4-3 against England.
-------Buffon------
----Chel-Ranno-Bonucii-
Darmian--Verrarti-Bert---Antonelli
Cerci---Pelle---Canderva

Or even Manolo on the wing but just not feeling this 3-5-2 formation right now. I want to see a win!
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Conte's not feeling it either. It has to be played with much more aggression, double team and forming triangles one the field everywhere to outpass the opponent and basically dominate the midfield.

Unfortunately Conte forgot how he won his first Scudetto a long time ago.
Its interesting really. I think now more than ever Italy need to find the next deep-lying play-maker. Verrarti just isn't it, I though he was at one point but the more I see him play for Italy the more I realize his not Pirlo's replacement.
https://www.facebook.com/FIGC/photos/a.10150829292293831.409970.282781503830/10152811378523831/?type=1&theater
Italy Vs Albania better highlight....(18/11/2014)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwOyZafoGBc&list=PLtWCwAHxhNTZxsDfVhs2z1nLhe0hiRnj2
No firepower.
LOL, hit the post 4 times :) Guys were playing the wrong game.


I don't see how that was a red for Boni as he didn't do anything. The guy just slipped.


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