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They play better football, that is why. Also did Pep ruin Foden and Grealish, or is just England shit?
 

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After watching quite a few of these Nations League matches, I think the some of teams were experimenting with new players and lineups for the World Cup as bench options. Others were in the process of rebuilding their sides for the Euros. The stupid timing of this thing soon after the season begs belief though.
 

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the only ones taking this 100% seriously are the Germans, ofc, because they never take anything lightly
 

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lol manshitni. shit as always.

I don't get the criticism. Mancini is doing the right thing by experimenting with new players in what are at best some glorified friendlies. He played loads of kids in the 1st Nations League despite very similar complaints. Those kids won Euro 2021. Now finally Mancini is doing it again, and its awesome. New players are emerging (like Gnonto) and this can only be a good thing for Italy.

My only regret about Mancini's tenure as Azzurri coach has been that he could not experiment between Euro 2021 & the world cup qualifiers, due to the delays of the pandemic. That, coupled with key injuries, led to not qualifying for the WC. Apart from that disappointment, Mancini has done remarkably well with this bunch of players.
 
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Will be interested to see how the squad develops once Chiesa returns to the fold.
 

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I don't get the criticism. Mancini is doing the right thing by experimenting with new players in what are at best some glorified friendlies. He played loads of kids in the 1st Nations League despite very similar complaints. Those kids won Euro 2021. Now finally Mancini is doing it again, and its awesome. New players are emerging (like Gnonto) and this can only be a good thing for Italy.

My only regret about Mancini's tenure as Azzurri coach has been that he could not experiment between Euro 2021 & the world cup qualifiers, due to the delays of the pandemic. That, coupled with key injuries, led to not qualifying for the WC. Apart from that disappointment, Mancini has done remarkably well with this bunch of players.
the only "kids" I see in that Euro squad, at least from the final lineup and substitutes, are Chiesa and Barella, who were both 23? Bastoni was a bench player.
 
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