The former player from Bari harshly criticized most of the Azzurri, saving the coach’s efforts and defending the Argentine. “The month of the European Championship was magical, let’s forget it. We are scarce, Mancini is working miracles”.
The debut of the national team in the Euro 2024 qualifiers was very tough. The defeat and the way it matured hurt. The obvious defects of an Italy which – after the exploit in England two summers ago – has been sucked into a black hole hurts. Out of the World Cup in Qatar, she remains the “soup” of the Nations League Final Four. To make it bland there was also the false start in the match against the Three Lions.
Tiny little Azzurri in the first half, timidly improved in the second half until they believed they deserved a draw. The coach, Mancini, got away with a joke: he says he is satisfied despite everything and that “an uphill start requires a downhill finish”. The enthusiasm and welcome from the city of Naples weren’t enough, when the word got to the pitch all enthusiasm was extinguished and Retegui’s goal was just a flash in the dark.
Antonio Cassano was not at all tender towards the national team. It’s not about prejudices or judgments given too quickly, what was the performance in the first group match is there for all to see. And the words of the former Bari footballer have the flavor of a bitter consideration, the awareness that the light at the end of the tunnel is still far away. In the usual connection on Twitch for Bobo TV, he didn’t mince words to comment on the first outing of the Azzurri.
Cassano talks first of all about “many players who are overrated in the middle of the field”. And he says the names outspoken. The first player in the crosshairs is Inter’s Barella, whom he had already flogged in recent weeks by referring to his excessive nervousness on the pitch and his attitude towards his teammates. “Barella continues to be this… he scores 3-4 goals in Italy, he runs but he thinks he’s Iniesta. Is Verratti bad, Jorginho? It’s over. Yesterday Bellingham took all three and walked over them”.
Bad, very bad. FantAntonio doesn’t save anyone, he trims his sticks left and right, grants extenuating circumstances to the technical commissioner who, with the available material that he finds – according to the former player – really can’t do more. “We’re scarce… but you’ve seen them, we struggle to make three passes in a row – added Cassano -. And Toloi and Acerbi played in defense but come on, let’s not joke”.
And then breaks a spear in favor of Retegui: “Immobile has made more than 50 international appearances and continues to suck. Retegui arrived humbly, he played and scored… one game and one goal, he doesn’t even speak Italian. But what did they want from him and was there some piece of s*** criticizing him as well?”. The final reflection is a caress in a fist: “The month of the European Championship was magical, let’s forget it. Mancini is doing wonders, I have to congratulate him for the trouble he has taken. England gave us a rumba.”
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