“To go to 3-5-2 you need an important motivation”. Roberto Mancini in the press conference on Monday he answered the question relating to the possible change of form. The coach ofItaly who so far has made 4-3-3 his trademark will always have his reference point in the offensive trident, even in the future. However, in this historical moment, he is almost obliged to change an advanced unit that has lost all its attacking outsiders. From Insigne to Chiesa, from Berardi to Pellegrini, passing through Politano: all unavailable for the Nations League matches against England and Hungary. Two non-trivial matches, because Italy with 180 minutes left can so much conquer final four when to relegate to League B. So here are the 3-5-2 tests, with Raspadori behind Immobile and Toloi-Bonucci-Bastoni in front of Donnarumma.
Why Gabbiadini and not Zaniolo?
In the direction of 3-5-2, Manolo Gabbiadini’s call yesterday must be interpreted. Second striker, the Sampdoria striker returns to Coverciano after almost five years, after that cursed 0-0 at San Siro against Sweden that saw him protagonist. Gabbiadini in the choices of the coach was preferred to Nicolò Zaniolo and the choice leads to discussion. And not a little.
The striker born in ’99 who was launched by the coach when he was still a semi-unknown, last season specialized in the role of second striker behind Abraham. Against Atalanta at the Olimpico, in the last round of the championship, he showed that he had fully recovered from his shoulder injury and was among the best on the pitch. Yet Mancini did not call him, a surprising choice even for Zaniolo himself who now can not help but prepare for the next championship match against Inter in the best possible way. Hoping he can go better already in November, when there will be friendly matches against Albania and Austria.