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 GK Salvatore Sirigu 12 January 1987 (aged 34) 26 0 Italy Torino
  GK Gianluigi Donnarumma 25 February 1999 (aged 22) 25 0 Italy Milan
  GK Alessio Cragno 28 June 1994 (aged 26) 1 0 Italy Cagliari
  GK Alex Meret 22 March 1997 (aged 24) 1 0 Italy Napoli

  DF Giorgio Chiellini (captain) 14 August 1984 (aged 36) 106 8 Italy Juventus
  DF Leonardo Bonucci 1 May 1987 (aged 34) 101 7 Italy Juventus
  DF Alessandro Florenzi 11 March 1991 (aged 30) 42 2 France Paris Saint-Germain
  DF Francesco Acerbi 10 February 1988 (aged 33) 13 1 Italy Lazio
  DF Leonardo Spinazzola 25 March 1993 (aged 28) 13 0 Italy Roma
  DF Cristiano Biraghi 1 September 1992 (aged 28) 9 1 Italy Fiorentina
  DF Giovanni Di Lorenzo 4 August 1993 (aged 27) 6 0 Italy Napoli
  DF Gianluca Mancini 17 April 1996 (aged 25) 5 0 Italy Roma
  DF Alessandro Bastoni 13 April 1999 (aged 22) 4 0 Italy Internazionale
  DF Manuel Lazzari 29 November 1993 (aged 27) 2 0 Italy Lazio
  DF Rafael Tolói 10 October 1990 (aged 30) 1 0 Italy Atalanta

  MF Marco Verratti 5 November 1992 (aged 28) 40 3 France Paris Saint-Germain
  MF Nicolò Barella 7 February 1997 (aged 24) 21 4 Italy Internazionale
  MF Lorenzo Pellegrini 19 June 1996 (aged 24) 17 2 Italy Roma
  MF Bryan Cristante 3 March 1995 (aged 26) 9 1 Italy Roma
  MF Manuel Locatelli 8 January 1998 (aged 23) 9 1 Italy Sassuolo
  MF Stefano Sensi 5 August 1995 (aged 25) 8 3 Italy Internazionale
  MF Matteo Pessina 21 April 1997 (aged 24) 4 0 Italy Atalanta
  MF Gaetano Castrovilli 17 February 1997 (aged 24) 1 0 Italy Fiorentina

  FW Ciro Immobile 20 February 1990 (aged 31) 45 12 Italy Lazio
  FW Lorenzo Insigne 4 June 1991 (aged 30) 40 7 Italy Napoli
  FW Andrea Belotti 20 December 1993 (aged 27) 32 11 Italy Torino
  FW Federico Bernardeschi 16 February 1994 (aged 27) 29 5 Italy Juventus
  FW Federico Chiesa 25 October 1997 (aged 23) 24 1 Italy Juventus
  FW Domenico Berardi 1 August 1994 (aged 26) 10 4 Italy Sassuolo
  FW Moise Kean 28 February 2000 (aged 21) 8 2 France Paris Saint-Germain
  FW Vincenzo Grifo 7 April 1993 (aged 28) 5 2 Germany SC Freiburg
  FW Matteo Politano 3 August 1993 (aged 27) 3 1 Italy Napoli
  FW Giacomo Raspadori 18 February 2000 (aged 21) 0 0 Italy Sassuolo

 

That's the 34 man preliminary squad

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Quite impressive that almost every member of the team plays in their domestic competition - don't think we will see that for many countries will we? (England aside!)

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3 hours ago, decapitated said:
That's the 34 man preliminary squad          

Jorginho and Emerson are missing because of CL final.

That scrub Romagnoli isn't even on 34 man list. :lol:

Darmian or Calabria deserved a spot. Lazzari, Di Lorenzo and Florenzi are all attack oritented RBs. 

It's going to be sad when Bonucci-Chiellini duo starts. :lol:

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Calabria deserved to be in there but his absence isn't going to make a difference. Just would have been nice to see his quality season recognised. 

Romagnoli should be there too. He's better than Toloi. And Acerbi. And Mancini. 

 

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It's not like Toloi is making it to the final list.

It's 36 with Joriginho and Emerson, I'd guess that these 10 names will be out for the final list:

Biraghi, Toloi, Acerbi (or Mancini), Di Lorenzo, Cristante, Raspadori, Grifo, Pessina.

That's 8.

Then it gets interesting in attack.

I think Bernardeschi has had an awful season and absolutely doesn't deserve to be in the final squad, but he'll probably get called up.

Politano has been decent, but he'll probably be out.

And one of Berardi/Kean. Probably Berardi. Although I'd rather have Berardi than Bernardeschi. There's enough quality in midfield, so Bernardeschi is only a winger in this situation and Berardi is way better, even in that role.

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4 hours ago, Marius_R said:

Donnaruma, Meret and Sirigu probably the 3 keepers that will go to the Euro. 

This. 

Buffon shouldn't be going as he's not one of the best three keepers they can pick. 

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14 hours ago, georginho_juventusygr said:

Buffon still has his door open for the World Cup!

Bit embarrassing for him now. He's 43 and hasn't played for the NT since 2018. 

Bow out gracefully Gigi.

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1 minute ago, craigcwwe said:

Bit embarrassing for him now. He's 43 and hasn't played for the NT since 2018. 

Bow out gracefully Gigi.

Italians and bowing out gracefully?

Wrong nation, mate.

You're going to watch 37 year old Chiellini get exposed.

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5 minutes ago, Baptista_8 said:

What's Italy's possible lineup?

Donnarumma is obviously the #1 choice.

Midfield is also almost guaranteed. Barella-Jorginho-Verratti.

Belotti or Immobile up front.

Chiesa and Insignie on the wings would be my choice, but Mancini often used Pellegrini there, even though he's a midfield playmaker, not a winger.

Defense is the biggest issue and question mark.

Bastoni had by far the best season out of all CBs and he's left-footed, so he should start. But we might see what's left of Chiellini, as is Italian tradition to play all-time greats way past their expiry date.
Bonucci has been nothing short of atrocious this season, but he probably takes the right CB spot.

Fullbacks are even bigger question mark. Florenzi probably starts on the right and Emerson on the left.
Spinazzola always struggles with staying healthy. We might even see Bastoni on LB, I wouldn't put that out of question.

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Donnarumma; Florenzi, Bonucci, Chiellini/Acerbi, Emerson; Barella, Jorginho, Verratti; Chiesa, Immobile, Insigne

Will be Italy's lineup. Only uncertainty is Emerson. He would normally start but he's played basically no football so Mancini might be forced to go for Spinazzola on grounds of match sharpness. It might depend on how well Emerson does in warmup games.

 

 

 

 

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3 minutes ago, Marius_R said:

Chiellini and Bonucci shouldn't even be first choices. :onmehead:

It's georginho. :D

Btw, they're at the topic of Italian squad at BoboTV. :lol:

While we're at it, change the topic title.

42 minutes ago, georginho_juventusygr said:

 

 

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6 minutes ago, GunmaN1905 said:

Btw, they're at the topic of Italian squad at BoboTV. :lol:

 

Will watch it tomorrow. No spoilers please. :D

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5 minutes ago, Baptista_8 said:

Is the front three locked in as Chiesa - Immobile - Insigne?

Immobile and Insignie have always had questionable performances for Italy.

Belotti-Immobile is 50-50, Insignie will probably start, but Mancini might use Pellegrini there.

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7 minutes ago, Baptista_8 said:

Is the front three locked in as Chiesa - Immobile - Insigne?

Could make a case for Berardi on the right. And yes, Insigne and Immobile haven't exactly instilled confidence with past NT performances. 

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Insigne is a guarantee. I think he prefers Immobile over Belotti. Realistically both are ****, Belotti has a slightly better record for Italy but he's scored against a lot of weak teams.

He'll go with Immobile because of how many he's scored in Serie A.

Berardi has been pretty good when he's played, but Chiesa ended the season well and I think he'll start the first game. If he sucks in the first two games, Berardi might take his place

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On 18/05/2021 at 12:03, av3ry said:

Isn't Buffon the back-up goalkeeper at Juventus now? Plus he's about 43.

 

I thought you were exaggerating at first. but he is actually 43 :D 

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9 minutes ago, Astafjevs said:

Berardi is supposedly going to start the final warmup game tonight. Still time to change that fantasy team Baptista, if you picked Chiesa.

Cheers. I did indeed pick Chiesa. Will have a rethink :thup:

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They played well. Berardi scored again. Looks like he's got the spot in the XI. If he keeps up his rate of scoring and can do it against better teams, he might help us win the thing

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On 30/05/2021 at 10:24, GunmaN1905 said:

Donnarumma is obviously the #1 choice.

Midfield is also almost guaranteed. Barella-Jorginho-Verratti.

Belotti or Immobile up front.

Chiesa and Insignie on the wings would be my choice, but Mancini often used Pellegrini there, even though he's a midfield playmaker, not a winger.

Defense is the biggest issue and question mark.

Bastoni had by far the best season out of all CBs and he's left-footed, so he should start. But we might see what's left of Chiellini, as is Italian tradition to play all-time greats way past their expiry date.
Bonucci has been nothing short of atrocious this season, but he probably takes the right CB spot.

Fullbacks are even bigger question mark. Florenzi probably starts on the right and Emerson on the left.
Spinazzola always struggles with staying healthy. We might even see Bastoni on LB, I wouldn't put that out of question.

Belated reply, but Chielini was past his expiration date in 2018, if not 2014.

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Berardi should have controlled the ball, shot, and scored.

Or Mancini should have brought Chiesa on earlier.

Italy played 30 minutes longer than necessary and had to recover longer. Fortunately, it's Mancini and not Conte. If the latter were still in charge, the quarter final would be full of injuries again, and it would be an earlier vacation.

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Il 11/6/2021 in 07:31 , The Amazing Dale Watkins ha scritto:

Chielini was past his expiration date in 2018, if not 2014.

What? Whatever.. lol 
Injuries aside he was still at very good level

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7 minutes ago, ParanoidBuddha said:

What? Whatever.. lol 
Injuries aside he was still at very good level

He's extremely slow nowdays. There's no way you win a single game against top teams with both him and Bonucci (or Acerbi) as CB pairing.

I really want to see Belgium-Italy. Chiellini looked like a helpless child against Lukaku in the last game. :D

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7 minuti fa, GunmaN1905 ha scritto:

He's extremely slow nowdays.

He's, specially because of the last really bad injury he had. But no one can say he was completely finished in 2018, let alone 2014 :rolleyes:
That said Lukaku nowadays is one of the most difficult strikers to mark and not being able to do it for a 90minutes match doesn't make you a **** :D
Anyways for the left side there is Bastoni and let's hope he will keep progressing as he has been doing until now

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