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Three Italy things to look out for against Venezuela



Italy meet Venezuela within the first pleasant within the USA tonight, so listed below are three issues to look out for on the Chase Stadium in Fort Lauderdale.

The Azzurri are making ready for Euro 2024 with two pleasant video games within the USA. The primary one will likely be performed tonight in Fort Lauderdale, so what ought to we count on from Luciano Spalletti and his males?


Even when it’s solely a pleasant, tonight’s match will likely be significantly significant as Spalletti is predicted to make use of a brand new system for the primary time. The ex-Napoli boss will predictably drop a four-man defence in favour of a 3-4-2-1 formation, which higher fits the gamers’ traits, particularly in defence.

Italy’s finest defender, Alessandro Bastoni, is predicted to begin on the bench, making room for Alessandro Buongiorno, Giorgio Scalvini and Matteo Darmian.

It’s a key change for the Azzurri, who’ve been enjoying with a 4-3-3 system in Spalletti’s first six video games in cost. It is going to be fascinating to see the staff’s response however many of the gamers are accustomed to 3-4-2-1 or 3-5-2 programs. Inter, Torino, Atalanta and Juventus particularly commonly use a three-man defence.

“Techniques are fluid, liquid, it’s now not such a inflexible type. There may be the opportunity of altering system throughout a match primarily based on the actions,” Spalletti defined at a press convention on Monday.

“I need to consider primarily based on the traits of who’s enjoying. If we now have the flexibility to shift, we grow to be extra unpredictable.

“In case you are balanced, then a three-man defence is much less open to the counter-attack. Both means, we now have two on the wings, two within the mid-spaces and a centre-forward.”


Spalletti has known as up seven strikers, together with three centre-forwards. Genoa star Mateo Retegui is predicted to begin, making his second look underneath Spalletti. The Argentine-born striker has netted twice in 4 appearances with the Azzurri. Lorenzo Lucca is an alternative choice, however he’s anticipated to begin on the bench.

The Udinese ahead might make his debut within the second half and, on paper, he’s much like Retegui by way of ways and strategy. They’re each basic centre forwards even when Lucca, scorer of eight targets in 31 appearances this time period, is bodily stronger than Retegui. The third possibility is Giacomo Raspadori who has began 4 video games from six underneath Spalletti. The diminutive Napoli striker would play as a false 9 underneath Spalletti providing totally different tactical options to the coach.

It is going to be fascinating to see who begins behind Retegui. The most recent updates from the USA counsel Federico Chiesa and Davide Frattesi are anticipated to play as attacking midfielders. The place Chiesa will cowl will likely be significantly intrguing, particularly as a result of he has had highs and lows when enjoying within the center at Juventus this season reasonably than on the left wing.

Chiesa usually strikes huge on the left in Turin, however he and Allegri have by no means actually been on the identical web page by way of ways. Many see the ex-Fiorentina star as the one difference-maker for the Azzurri in assault, so his place on the pitch and his contribution within the closing third in opposition to Venezuela, will likely be an important facet in tonight’s match.

“Federico Chiesa must adapt within the 5 channels on the pitch,” Spalletti mentioned at a pre-match press convention on Wednesday.


Final however not least, we must always preserve a detailed eye on full-backs tonight. Though Giovanni Di Lorenzo and Federico Dimarco are anticipated to be the starters on the wings on the Euros, Spalletti is probably going to present an opportunity to Juventus’ Andrea Cambiaso and Tottenham’s Future Udogie in opposition to Venezuela.

Each gamers are accustomed to enjoying in a 4 or five-man midfield. That is precisely the identical function Cambiaso is overlaying at Juventus, whereas Udogie performed as a left wing-back for a few years at Udinese earlier than switching to a four-man defence underneath Ange Postecoglou in North London this time period.

Warning: Don’t count on them to simply run up and down the wings as a result of Spalletti will count on way more from them. As many trendy full-backs do in at this time’s soccer, Cambiaso and Udogie will usually lower contained in the pitch to assist the Azzurri within the build-up. That is one thing Cambiaso does fairly often at Juventus, exchanging place with USMNT star Weston McKennie. Properly, Spalletti will need to see extra of the identical on the left and right-hand sides of the pitch to see if Cambiaso and Udogie can problem Di Lorenzo and Dimarco for a beginning spot on the Euros.

“Gamers like Giovanni Di Lorenzo, Federico Dimarco, Future Udogie and Andrea Cambiaso signify the brand new frontier of European soccer,” Spalletti mentioned earlier this week.

“They don’t simply run straight when attacking, they take detours and deviations, chopping inside and outside. If a teammate is in a wider place, they go inside. It’s about studying the place primarily based on the areas that open up.”