Italy on trial. Eleven months after the triumph of Wembley, the black season of the new European champions ended with the humiliating 5-2 with Germany in the Nations League and only the ‘free all’ for the holidays avoids the accusations for a World Cup failure and a building to be rebuilt lead to further lacerations and controversies. The flames of hope born from the performances in the Nations League after the fool of the Grand Final went out in Moenchengladbach but Roberto Mancini is the first to be aware that a rough period is beginning for the National team, between caudine forks and roller coasters. “It is a result that speaks for itself”, is today’s epitaph of the president of Coni, Giovanni Malagò for a defeat that has put everyone on the grid, from the coach to captain Donnarumma, passing through the rookies and the considered fixed points such as Barella and Sticks.
The trial, as is now customary, started immediately on social media for a national team that soon raised the white flag against the square formation of Hansi Flick. The defeat “does not change anything in our path, we have two games in September, many young players have made their debut”, said Mancini, who will struggle to find the magic touch of the European Championships. The president of the FIGC, Gabriele Gravina, fully supports him and Malagò also considers him “the most suitable person of all”. Mancini “must make a virtue out of necessity. It happened to him in an almost miraculous way with the European Championship, then what happened with the World Cup happened – underlined the # 1 in Italian sport -. Even when things are very negative , or you have the possibility to make up for it or paradoxically you have already made up for it. On the day when football gave us a decidedly negative performance, we are very very happy with the U21 “, qualified for the 2023 European Championship. Yesterday’s defeat offers data and “unambiguous” statistics. “When you experiment, you field many young people and rookies, what happened can happen – added Malagò -. It is clear that the path passes from moments in which we feel back in vogue to painful ones like last night”.
In support of the coach comes his colleague from Hungary, Marco Rossi, who humiliated the English at their home: “Mancini is doing a great job in re-founding the national team, launching the young players and risking them in important matches – said the former. mate at Sampdoria -. We need time, however, we have to wait for them. The boys are fluctuating, there is: they did well against us. I would not see it as gray as they want to see it. The young talents are there, some play more others less but it is a problem that also affects other national teams, not just Italy “.