2022 Finalissima

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Since I have no other football to look forward to, here we are. Italy - Argentina at Wembley on 1 June 2022, 20:45 CET. Argentina's squad is below.

My uneducated guess is Mancini will roll out his typical Euro 2020 squad, including Chiellini, as one last chance to honor the old guard. Here's to hoping Bonucci, Cheillini, Immobile, and Insigne never play for us again after this match. I'll post an Italy squad once we have one (likely later this week).


 
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Mancini was actually critical of the mentality in Serie A for not giving a chance to their youth

Mancini blames Serie A system for failing to provide Italy with youthful talent

Consecutive failures to qualify for the World Cup have led to widespread criticism of the Italian system, and Roberto Mancini agrees.

Roberto Mancini suggested the failings of Italy are due to the problems within Serie A where "coaches don't let young players play because they are afraid of making mistakes".

Italy secured their first European Championship since 1968 with a penalty shoot-out win over England last July, but World Cup play-off heartbreak followed in March for the Azzurri against North Macedonia.

The narrow 1-0 defeat meant Italy missed out on a second successive World Cup, having failed to qualify for both Russia in 2018 and Qatar four years later.

Italy's failure was met with widespread criticism of the domestic game in which critics suggest younger players are not offered as many opportunities to develop, with a preference to rely on foreign players.

This was represented by Mancini's reliance on the likes of Giorgio Chiellini, Leonardo Bonucci, Ciro Immobile and Lorenzo Insigne, with the younger players largely remaining on the periphery at Euro 2020.

Mancini, speaking at a forum to discuss Italian football on Friday, acknowledged little has changed in Italy to develop homegrown talent in recent years as he expressed his concern.

"In the last four years, little has happened and in fact in the national team we are always the same," he said, as quoted by CalcioMercato.

"The first thing is to give more confidence to the coaches as Milan did with [Stefano] Pioli: two years ago he seemed to be leaving, today he is winning the championship.

"Many coaches they don't let young players play because they are afraid of making mistakes. Being down to 32 per cent of Italian players [in Serie A] is highly limiting for all national teams.

"[Nicolo] Zaniolo arrived in Coverciano [Italy's training base] for the first time and looked like a child, after two months everything has changed. The boys improve quickly."
 

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The aforementioned Italia vs Argentina match @ADRossi is on Fox Sports 1 @2:45pm in the US.
 

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i heard Mancini was calling up 50+ young players for Italia trials, are there no spots available for them
 

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When you see all those midfielder players and remember how awesome Inter would be with at least one more of them (except Jorginho since Bro is still here)
 

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When you see all those midfielder players and remember how awesome Inter would be with at least one more of them (except Jorginho since Bro is still here)
i dont like cristante or pessina, would take maggiore or ricci
 

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I’ll be at Wembley Wednesday night, anyone else?
 

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I like it when footballers actually respect each other.

(and when NBA players hold grudges haha)
 

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Tough to get excited tbh. Just worry about injuries to Inter players, same goes for Nations League matches as well. Probably will watch off and on but really the WC qualifier between Scotland and Ukraine is more interesting and has more at stake.
 
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