Tuesday May 3 2016
Euro 2016 Squad Selector: De Sciglio

In the run-up to Euro 2016, Football Italia will be asking who Antonio Conte should select in his Italy squad. Dave Stacey pushes for Mattia De Sciglio’s inclusion.

Following Italy’s humiliating 4-1 friendly defeat to World Champions Germany in March, Antonio Conte may well want to give himself as many options as possible throughout his squad in terms of tactics and selection, perhaps moving away from his tried and trusted back three. Mattia De Sciglio could be the answer to the Azzurri Coach’s prayers. Despite having not yet reached his 24th birthday, De Sciglio is a vastly experienced option for Conte to call upon, having racked up nearly a century of appearances for Milan as well as 22 caps for his country, including a start at the 2014 World Cup. Such a calm head on young shoulders has drawn comparisons to fellow Rossoneri graduate Paolo Maldini and, whilst not reaching anywhere near those illustrious standards just yet, De Sciglio has proved himself not only on the domestic scene, but in Europe as well.

It’s not the emergence from the Milan youth team that has drawn parallels with Maldini. He can play comfortably on either flank and has even filled in as a central defender when an injury crisis rocked the club. Graduating through every age group of the club’s academy, he would make his full debut in late 2011 when he was still only 18 years old.

He quickly became a mainstay of the side as only five players would start more league games for Milan during the following campaign. His quality and versatility caught the eye of Cesare Prandelli, the Italy Coach giving him his first taste of international football in March 2013. De Sciglio would immediately look comfortable there too, eventually becoming a regular for the Azzurri and was part of the squad which finished third in the Confederations Cup that summer. Should Conte choose to trust his back three or revert to a back four, De Sciglio could be a key component with his ability to play full-back or wing-back. Equally able at both ends of the pitch, De Sciglio rarely slides into tackles, having both the pace and confidence to make standing challenges, while his ambidexterity also makes him comfortable enough to lead into them with either foot.

With that defensive assuredness evident in either full-back role, in attack he is far more effective on the left, cutting in onto his right foot to join the attack. Passing is an oft over-looked attribute of his, De Sciglio having never had a pass completion rate below 80% over his five seasons of senior football. Versatility, a calm and experienced head and good at both ends of the pitch. De Sciglio could be one of the first names in the squad.

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Have your say...
@rahul ...... Now Darmian too doubtful !!!!!!!! :-O :-(

Azzurri supporters now will have to look forward and hope that they dont lose miserably ?????????!!!!!!!
on the 8th May, 2016 at 9:29am
use dis team &we can win

use vazquez in da middle dat give some creativity
on the 7th May, 2016 at 6:43am
Just learnt that Veratti might be missing the Euros :-(((((( Nothing to look forward to for Azzurri Fans this Euro ??!!
on the 6th May, 2016 at 9:43am
Dave Stacey,
Have a lollipop.
on the 6th May, 2016 at 12:19am
As for Italy, I hope that the stories are true about Conte switching back to a 352. With his 442/424/343 systems, we have been bossed in the middle of the park and have been too open. I'd go with a 352/433/4312. I don't understand why Insigne is rumoured to be chopped. He could play as a striker or a number 10 and has been one of our best players. Plus he's got a good understanding with Verratti. I'm also happy to hear that Conte will be assessing the Torino youngsters. It's long overdue!
on the 4th May, 2016 at 9:26pm
His path is taking the same route as Santon's: very promising youngster only to fade dramatically. Both players lack balls IMO, they have the talent but seem to lack the hunger/aggression to impose themselves and fulfill their true potential. De Sciglio has been linked with Juve, so maybe a change of scene and joining up with his former coach could get him back on track?
on the 4th May, 2016 at 9:19pm
It is hard to admit but it is true. De Sciglio was a great prospect but for no apparent reason has gone from a fairly decent player to a useless player! Like I have stated before, we will not pass the group. We are very weak in all departments. I am afraid, if clubs do not use Italians, then what do you expect. The worse Italian side ever. I predict that we either lose 3 or draw 3. We cannot seem to win anymore. We will be in wilderness for many years to come. Sorry, but clubs are to blame.
on the 4th May, 2016 at 12:51pm
In season 12-13 and 13-14, Yes, he can do cut-inside thing, darting run, good cross, full of confident both on attacking or defending.

I remember when Milan derby in 12-13 he did a very decent performance on the left and forced Inter switch Zanetti to right back.

Hoping can see his development,Instead in recent 2 years I don't see those things anymore.Blunders, red card, penalty,so-so defending, lack of attacking run and good cross.
He can still developing but not really a good choice for euro
on the 4th May, 2016 at 9:42am
He is a weak player that doesnt even play for AC Milan this year, how the hell he's worthy of the nazional? instead Abate should be called up and be the right back for Italy, but Conte sucks and he feels he must pick the weakest players ever, just like Marchisio, Giaccherini, Ranocchia etc who shouldnt be called up at all.

Italy will be awful this Euro and will continue Lippi's humiliations with his weak and boring team that he built.
on the 4th May, 2016 at 9:21am

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