Thursday October 8 2015
Italy try 4-4-2

Italy CT Antonio Conte experimented with a 4-4-2 formation in this morning’s training session.

The Azzurri have played 3-5-2 and 4-3-3 during the European Championship qualifying campaign so far, but injuries could see a change of shape.

During this morning’s training session at Coverciano, Conte lined-up with a 4-4-2 system, with Eder partnering Graziano Pelle up-front.

Gigi Buffon will take his customary place in goal against Azerbaijan in Baku, with a likely defence of Matteo Darmian, Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini and Mattia De Sciglio.

The biggest area of doubt is the midfield, with Conte choosing between Andrea Pirlo and Marco Verratti, as well as deciding between Antonio Candreva and Alessandro Florenzi.

Probable Italy line-up to face Azerbaijan: Buffon; Darmian, Bonucci, Chiellini, De Sciglio; Candreva, Pirlo, Parolo, El Shaarawy; Pelle, Eder.

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