La Germania era quella vera, la giovane Italia del teso Mancini ha fatto il primo passo: se il talento esiste, non ha età

This time no defeat, but above all nothing to do with Italy-Argentina. Partly because Germany doesn’t have Messi, doesn’t have Di Maria and neither does Lautaro Martinez of this period, but also because the blues played with pridetrust, attention and with some more ideas than the Grand Final. In the first half we took a risk, but we also hit a post with Scamacca and finished enoughespecially with Frattesi (three times), even if without precision. The difference in favor of Germany was seen above all in those first 45‘, even if it should be considered a significant aspect: Italy was new, very new, Mancini had completely overturned it compared to the humiliating exhibition against Argentina and, in the course of construction, filled it with young debutants, while Germany was in its classic version, a finished product. And then in the second half more Italy than Germany, the goals arrived (blue advantage with Pellegrini, immediate draw with Kimmich) and also many encouraging beginnings, starting with that of a boy in 2003, Wilfried Gnonto, author of the assist for the Pellegrini network. At least, after the terrifying 0-3 against Argentina, we have restarted and, in a moment like this, it is already good news.

DIFFERENT METHODS – Flick’s idea was clear: prolonged ball possession (at 90 ‘it will be 65 percent) and patient waiting for the hole to put in. WernerMüller and the two outsiders. When they lost the ball, the Germans did not stoop but ran forward to catch it immediately. Mancini’s idea, on the other hand, was more hasty, once he had recovered the ball immediately the verticalization on Scamacca or Politano to exploit the shot. However, the Germans’ counter-weapon was effective: high defensive line and blues often (too often) offside. Germany preferred the right flank for attacking, with Henrichs overlaps alongside Gnabry centering to make room for full-back. They were well into the game Kimmich and Goreztka, the Germans sometimes lacked precision in the touches and cues of Sané and Gnabry. Who missed a penalty in movement in the final of the first half, after at the beginning, jumping in an amen Biraghi and Pellegrini, he had forced Donnarumma to a decisive save. The very dangerous conclusion of Müller was instead blocked in the full area by Florenzi. For Italy, Scamacca’s pole is the best technical gesture of the match, Pellegrini’s double consecutive tunnel first on Kimmich and immediately after on Goretzka.

THE INSOFFERENT HANGER – Often framed by cameras, it struck theAngry attitude of Manciniimmediately impatient e often intolerant of the blues’ mistakes or for some unheard of his suggestions. The coach was tense. He calmed down a bit with the promising start of the second half: Scamacca’s header (which burned Süle and Rüdiger) from Politano’s cross came out very little. The enthusiasm, in the team and in the stadium, grew as the minutes passed. At 11 ‘the most beautiful action of the Azzurri was born, with left to turn of Politano deflected by Kehrer in the corner. Maybe it was just a sensation, but in that choral movement we saw the old national team of Mancio, the pre-European one. Flick understood the moment and tried to slow down the ascent of the Azzurri with two changes, Hofmann and the young talent Musiala, in place of Henrichs and Sané, protagonist of a not exactly memorable hour.

THE DEBUT OF GNONTO – Kehrer intervened badly on Politano, took the yellow but knocked out the Neapolitan. Like this Mancini has decided that if the talent exists, he has no age and has made his debut a boy from 2003, Gnonto, who went directly from the Under 19 to the senior national team, former Inter youth forward now at Zurich. Gnonto went to the right, in the same position as Politano. But Speaking of young talents, Musiala’s did not score: the boy from Bayern shuffled a goal-ball. Germany had ceded the initiative to Italy and Flick tried again to retouch it with Gundogan and Havertz, but Italy insisted and scored. It was the boy from Zurich, on the right, who struck Kehrer, crosses and Pellegrini, alone in front of the goal line, touched on the net. Mancini finally smiled.

EQUAL IMMEDIATE – Three minutes and Germany drew with Kimmichafter a somewhat confused action and with the blue defense not exactly immune from blame. Werner’s hand touch, prior to Kimmich’s shot, was not punishable. In the wake of the draw Germany re-emerged and Donnarumma saved first, with ease, on Gundogan, then, with great difficulty, on Kimmich. Italy had run out of resources. In the last 10 ‘space for Dimarco (outside Biraghi) and Pobega (for Tonali). Other debuts in the final, those of Cancellieri (on the right wing, Gnonto has passed in the role of center forward) and Ricci (in place of Frattesi). The road to rediscover Greater Italy is long, very long, but we must make sure that this is already the first step.


NETWORKS: 70 ‘Pellegrini (I), 73’ Kimmich (G).

ITALY (4-3-3): Donnarumma; Florenzi, Bastoni, Acerbi, Biraghi (from 80 ‘Dimarco); Tonali (from 80 ‘Pobega), Cristante, Frattesi (from 85’ Ricci); Politano (from 65 ‘Gnonto), Scamacca (from 85’ Cancellieri), Pellegrini. Herds Roberto Mancini.

GERMANY (4-2-3-1): Neuer; Henrichs (from 59 ‘Hofmann), Sule, Rudiger, Kehrer; Kimmich, Goretzka (from 69 ′ Gundogan); Gnabry (from 80 ‘Raum), Muller (from 69’ Havertz), Sanè (from 59 ‘Musiala); Werner. Herds Hans-Dieter Flick.

REFEREE: Srdjan Jovanovic (Serbia).

AMMONITES: Pellegrini (I), Florenzi (I), Kehrer (G), Tonali (I), Havertz (G), Werner (G).

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