The champion in Italy, against a poisonous Albania

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The champion in Italy, against a poisonous Albania

The second day of Euro 2024 It tests none other than the reigning champions: Italy. A team that arrived with some changes compared to when it lifted the title in 2021 against England and began to face the unknown and that was a selection of Albania which is a poisoned gift for ‘azurra’, as well as for Croatia and Spainall framed in group B.

The first of the new situations facing Italy is that in this edition the coach is different. Is about Luciano Spalletti, who gained merit by winning Serie A two seasons ago with Naples to succeed Roberto Mancini. By name, weight and draft, Italy should sweep Albania in the grass Signal Iduna Park (Dortmund)but many conditions cast doubt on that saying.

The most important is the absence of Nicolò Barella of the starting eleven. While it hasn’t been completely ruled out that he could get some minutes, that’s doubtful Spalletti He will use his best man before facing Spain and Croatia, the strongest rivals. And, on top of that, the natural replacement who will be Fagioli He practiced on Friday for the first time all week, so he was the only one to play Crystal. The most likely scheme is 3-4-3, with Donnarumma under the sticks, Cane of leading center, Dimarco being the danger from the center and Chiesa threatens to attack, where Scam seems to have gained the upper hand over his rivals to take position nine.

It is true that the fact of expanding the number of participants lowered the bar for the Euro Cup, but not in the case of Albania. The selection led by two elders known as Sylvinho and Pablo Zabaleta He entered his second Euro Cup in history, was the leader in the previous stage and competed in an undeniable way. So far, in the previous round the Albanians, more visible on the streets of Dortmund, started to win, knowing that they were making history. Among their ranks at least Balliu and King Manaj, Rayo player and former Barça player, although they did not aim at the beginning. Yes, they will Asllani and Brojathe most talented young players in Albania, where their leader Djimsiti She has already made it clear that she will not be the Cinderella of the group.

Source: La Verdad

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