Thursday November 14 2019
Italy options for Bosnia trip

Roberto Mancini has several decisions to make going into tomorrow’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Bosnia-Herzegovina, including Nicolò Zaniolo or Sandro Tonali in midfield.

It kicks off in Zenica on Friday at 19.45 GMT, and although the Azzurri have already qualified, they still want points to be sure of a top seed spot in the Euro 2020 draw.

Bosnia are not entirely out of the running yet, but have a difficult task to catch up with Finland.

Mancini saw several players pull out of the squad through injury, including Marco Verratti, Domenico Berardi and Leonardo Spinazzola.

The latest was Roma defender Gianluca Mancini, who had been tipped to start at centre-back, so Francesco Acerbi is next in line.

There is a gap in the midfield, which will likely be filled either by Roma’s Zaniolo – in a deeper role to the one he usually holds at club level – or Brescia youngster Tonali, who was a late addition to the squad, promoted from the Under-21 side.

It was at Under-21 level that Tonali and Nicolò Barella played together, so are a more likely pairing with Jorginho.

The usual debate remains in attack between Ciro Immobile and Andrea Belotti, with the Lazio man the favourite considering his Capocannoniere status in Serie A.

Federico Chiesa faces competition from former Fiorentina teammate Federico Bernardeschi to complete the trident attack with Lorenzo Insigne or Stephan El Shaarawy.

Italy (probable): G Donnarumma; Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Acerbi, Biraghi; Barella, Jorginho, Tonali; Chiesa, Immobile, Insigne

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