Tuesday June 4 2019
Italy test striker options

Italy tested several options for the trident attack in a friendly against the Bologna youth team, while Federico Bernardeschi had two roles.

The Azzurri are preparing for their Euro 2020 qualifiers against Greece on June 8 and Bosnia-Herzegovina on June 11.

Coach Roberto Mancini had a training ground friendly against the Bologna youth team at Coverciano today, with three mini-matches lasting 40 minutes each.

He started out using Bernardeschi in the three-man midfield, with Federico Chiesa, Leonardo Pavoletti and Lorenzo Insigne in attack.

That ended 4-0 with a deflected Marco Verratti goal, two Insigne strikes and a Chiesa finish.

Most of the experiments seemed to be in the forward trident, as Cagliari’s Pavoletti was replaced as centre-forward by Andrea Belotti of Torino, then Ciro Immobile was the focus point in a 4-2-3-1 variation.

Bernardeschi also switched between wide right in a three-man midfield to part of the trident attack.

It is reported Salvatore Sirigu of Torino will be chosen to start in goal rather than Gianluigi Donnarumma.

Italy 1: Sirigu; De Sciglio, Bonucci, Chiellini, Biraghi; Jorginho, Verratti, Bernardeschi; Chiesa, Pavoletti (Belotti 30), Insigne

Goals: Verratti, Insigne, Insigne, Chiesa


Italy 2: Cragno; De Sciglio, Mancini, Romagnoli, Emerson Palmieri; Pellegrini, Sensi, Barella; Bernardeschi, Belotti, Insigne

Goals: Belotti, Pellegrini, Pellegrini, Immobile (pen), Immobile


Italy 3: Gollini; Izzo, Mancini, Acerbi, Emerson Palmieri; Cristante, Sensi; Grifo, Zaniolo, El Shaarawy; Immobile

Goals: Grifo, Zaniolo, Sensi, El Shaarawy, Quagliarella, Emerson Palmieri, Emerson Palmieri, Quagliarella

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