The time for the international break has arrived for the national selections. And if certain countries such as France, Spain, Belgium, England and even Portugal have already qualified for Euro 2024, which will take place in Germany from June 14 to July 14, 2024. But for other countries they are not assured of participation in the competition and This is particularly the case for the title holder, Italy, which could in fact miss out on another major tournament after being left out of the 2018 World Cup in Russia and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. As a reminder, Squadra Azzurra has experienced a serious trauma in recent football history, despite a title won at the last European Championship 2020 by beating England in the final at Wembley: against Sweden in 2017 and against North Macedonia in 2022. And as quite a symbol, it is against this same North Macedonia that Italy, Luciano Spalletti’s version, will survive.
“I make the calls with the aim of taking the best and winning the matches. Let’s try to win the first game. Then some evaluations can be made for the two close games for some players. It is clear that something will change. The fear ? We have him by our side, we will go through it together. Against England I saw many rays of light and did not end up in intense darkness. In general, defeats tend to fade away, but in this match there were a lot of things done well, and in some very good moments, that we need to keep.Luciano Spalletti declared at a press conference this week.
180 minutes to survive
For this international break, the Italian coach called a list of 29 players, still without the former Parisian but with the return of Jorginho and Davide Calabria. Also note the presence of two new players, defender Andrea Cambiaso (Juventus) and midfielder Andrea Colpani (Monza), but especially the absence of Marco Verratti and Sandro Tonali. During the final break, Italy thought they could compete with England by opening the scoring, but they were quickly toppled by the Three Lions: “We played the match with good intentions, we were too often conditioned by the result. This must be a normal match. Restarts are needed if you want to play European and physical football, like the clubs and countries that learn how to be on the pitch.Luciano Spalletti also clarified, when he returned to the lost match against England during the last international break.
For his 3rd and 4th match in charge of the Squadra Azzurra since replacing Roberto Mancini, Luciano Spalletti wants to rely on this match against the English to bounce back better, especially than the matches against North Macedonia (17/11) and Ukraine (20/11) will be decisive for qualification for Euro 2024. Currently 3rd in Group C, Italy is absolutely not sure of the trip to Germany in June next year: “Some corrections need to be made. Often we suffered from the physical strength and in other cases from anticipating the ideas of the football we have to play. We must look beyond the first step and be prepared for attacks. Too often we are surprised. We played a good game and conceded things that are beneficial for a national team like England., put the former Naples coach into perspective. Now it’s time for serious business for the Nazionale, defending champions of the last European Championship: qualification, play-off or elimination? Answer next week.