Germany soccer lesson5-2 at Italy’s worst management-Mancini. More than a defeat, one humiliation. It was terrible for us in Mönchengladbach, Germany has crumbled us, arranging the blues to his liking. The ball almost never came off the feet of the Germans who arrived at 45 ‘on 2-0 and it went well. They were superior in all respects, technically, tactically, physically, athletically. There was no game. In the first half Germany broke through on the left with a pattern so evident that the blues never managed to neutralize: central defender Süle’s throw for left-back Raum, never followed by Politano, so Calabria was forced to widen the defensive line it frayed and the Germans slipped lightly and happily into our area.
GOAL TOO EASY – We deluded ourselves, after a few minutes, that our miniature attack could surprise the defense of the giants. It happened when Neuer made a decisive save on Raspadori launched in a small area by a cross from Politano. Precisely, an illusion. Because from that moment, the eighth minute, we left the game. Germany scored a hundred seconds later with a variation on the classic theme: throw by Süle but for Werner (weakly controlled by Mancini) who had moved to the left, touch for Raum (weakly controlled by Calabria), cross, Kimmich (not controlled by Barella) free in the middle of the area stopped and concluded between Donnarumma’s legs. Really all too easy for the Germans, all too high for the Azzurri.
GERMANY ONLY – The attack of Italy made up of Politano, Raspadori and Gnonto reached 5.13 meters, that of the Germans (Muller, Sané and Werner) at 5.48. Impossible to compete. We have never had the opportunity to attack, to play, but not even to defend in order. We have been overwhelmed. It was not a question of vertical football or horizontal football, for Italy there was really no football. On 25 minutes, Germany already had 71 percent possession and went on like this until the end. Donnarumma avoided defeat already in the first half with saves on Hofmann, Sané and Werner.
AND THEN THE CT … – 2 minutes from the end of the first half Bastoni got hurt, ankle problem, and Luiz Felipe, the ninth rookie of the month of June, was about to enter in front of the bench. However, Bastoni did not come out, who was limping a bit, Politano did because Mancini wanted to change form a few minutes before the break, moving on to the three-man defense. But why so much haste, so much excitement? Why not wait for the end of the first half and, in the locker room, make the changes, rearrange your ideas and change the system? When the game resumed, Bastoni, who was not doing well, pushed Hofmann into the area, a penalty and Gundogan’s 2-0.
11 DEBUTANTS – At the beginning of the second half Mancini completed the rookie round in this Nations League forming an entire team: 11 novices. After Luiz Felipe, also Scalvini (central midfield) in place of Frattesi and Caprari in attack in place of Raspadori. The first minutes of the second half deceived us like those of the first half. Then Germany disintegrated us. We didn’t understand anything about the game anymore, the Germans were everywhere. Gundogan was dictating the law, Raum was paving us on the left. Müller’s 3-0 (again after Raum’s attack and cross) after 6 minutes, Werner’s 4-0 shortly after on a splendid Müller-Gnabry action, Werner’s 5-0 again after the classic “donnarummata”, with the ball given to Gnabry and from there to the Chelsea striker. Destroyed. Mancini staring into space, the blues crumbled on the pitch, with a jersey that looked like lead on those fragile shoulders. At that point Germany was satisfied and stopped.
THE YOUNGEST GOAL – Luckily, because in this way we managed to score with Gnonto that, in a stormy evening, he took home a particular record: he was the youngest to score a goal for the national team, the previous record was of Nicolé. And then, on the last corner kick taken by Dimarco at the last minute of recovery, the head of Sticks and we got to 5-2. The score seemed less heavy, the blow no, it remained very heavy.
Markers: 10 ‘Kimmich, 45’ + 3 Gundogan rig .; 51 ‘Muller, 68’, 69 ‘Werner, 78’ Gnonto, 90 ‘+ 3’ Sticks
Germany (4-2-3-1): Neuer; Klostermann, Sule (85 ‘Tah), Rudiger, Raum; Gundogan (87 ‘Stach), Kimmich; Hofmann (63 ‘Gnabry), Muller (75’ Musiala), Sanè; Werner (75 ‘Nmecha). Ct. Flick
Italy (4-3-3): Donnarumma; Calabria, Mancini (78 ‘Scamacca), Bastoni, Spinazzola (65’ Dimarco); Frattesi (45 ‘Caprari), Cristante, Barella; Politano (43 ‘Luiz Felipe), Gnonto, Raspadori (45’ Caprari). Ct. Mancini
REFEREE: Istvan Kovacs (Romania).
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