Defeat of Italy, defeated by 5-2 of Germany in a League of Nations match played in Moenchengladbach.
“It’s a shame we ended up like that, we fit too well in the first half, we let them play, but the group is still open.” This is how coach Roberto Mancini appeared on Rai1, after the five goals scored by Germany against the Azzurri in the League of Nations. “There have been some mistakes, we haven’t defended well as a team. If you expose yourself to the counterattack against these players you risk it,” he added. The strong knockout “does not change anything in our path, we have two games in September, many young people have made their debut.” “We were unlucky on 4-5 occasions that could have reopened the game,” the coach concluded.
“There’s no excuse. Nothing worked tonight. We have to look at each other and find out what happened. We can’t be these.” Gianluigi Donnarumma, captain of the team, speaks with the microphones of RaiSport. “As captain, I take full responsibility – adds the goalkeeper, also answering a question about his mistake that caused the fifth German goal – but now don’t come and tell me about Real’s goal …” .
Five goals from Germany sank Italy’s timid displays of optimism. The 5-2 draw by Roberto Mancini’s team in Moenchengladbach, in the last game of the season, is a historic defeat, both by score and by rival, which makes the Italian fans of Germany cry with humiliation and return to throw Italian football on the court. depths. Against the historic European rival, the Azzurri had only lost so much in a friendly match and to find wider liabilities you have to travel through the annals until ’57 (6-1 in Yugoslavia) or even 24 ‘(7-1 of Hungary)). The fact is that the five slaps thrown by Flick’s Germany (with the two azzurri goals only in the final) return the azzurri to a very hard present: Donnarumma’s mistakes, the missing maneuver, the lightness of the tips, the defensive suffering, defensive suffering. in short, everything went as it should not. But the picture is even clearer than the debacle with Argentina two weeks ago: that of the best teams is one more football. And it doesn’t matter that with Hungary’s 4-0 victory over England, the Azzurri fall from first to third place in the League of Nations group. The goal is to rebuild, the German evening only says that Mancini is still in the basics.
This is the last date of the season, Mancini faces the offensive trident Politano-Raspadori-Gnonto, but the ‘lightness’ of the attack combined with the fatigue of the midfield line 4-3-3 will soon cause difficulties in the face. of fast haggling some Germans, who often alternate positions, change game, expand the field with outsiders. The match starts with a couple of minutes delay, much less than the 25 accumulated by the blue bus to reach the stadium of Moenchengladbach. Both teams show that they are in a hurry. Only 6 minutes pass and Sanè has a good ball from the edge, but on the right it is not his foot and the ball goes out. The first dangerous opportunity is for the Azzurri: in the 8th minute Politano enters the field on the right and cuts to the left in the middle, Raspadori has the right moment but the touch is weak because Neuer with open wings can not stop him . The German pressure, right or left, is constant, at 10 ‘comes the advantage over the defense’ son ‘. Muller unloads on the left hand side of the goal, but the ball goes wide, but the shot goes wide. Italy struggles to contain the push of Germany and especially to get out of the ball, Cristante tries it with his head (21 ‘) as a foul. The most active blue is Donnarumma. Half an hour later Hoffman stopped in the area, in the 39th minute he rejected the strong and central left foot of Sanè launched with an assist from Muller. Just one more minute, and in a counterattack born of a Calabrian error, the German 4 against 3 brings Werner to the shot, on Donnarumma. In the middle, only a descent from the side of Milan that puts back for the loss of Barella, high. Mancini, angry at the inability to contain the azzurri, changes form in the final: inside Luis Felipe by Politano, goes to 3-5-2. Bastoni is likely to come out injured, then in the 3 ‘recovery he combines the mess landing Hoffmann in the area in a now harmless center: criminal, and doubled by Gundogan, to sanction a German dominance that is becoming clearer. Raspadori and Frattesi: are the number 49 and 50 debutants, respectively in the role of midfield and center forward. After three minutes, the azzurri tried a long ball into the box, but the defense are on top atm and the ball was cleared by Scalvini towards the corner and in fact it went out for a corner kick. The shock, however, gives Mueller in the 6th minute, marking the 3-0 rebound on a ball on the edge that escaped guiltily to the blue defense. In short, it is not evening, as confirmed by Barella’s lost goal (also offside) a few seconds later. Caprari tries again in the half, but the ease of play of the Flick team is too much and Italy makes the impression of wanting to just avoid the embarkation, which comes with two goals from Werner between 23 ‘and 24’, with 5 -0 caused by a wrong pass from Donnarumma. The goal of Gnonto, the youngest goal scorer in Italian history, and that of Bastoni in a recovering corner, are not enough to alleviate the blue injuries. Deep care is needed.