Precisely 15 days before the start of the Euro and the opening match between Italy and Turkey, Roberto Mancini’s Nazionale faced San Marino for a first preparation match. As expected, the Italians crushed their opponents (7-0). PSG striker Moise Kean came out at half-time without showing much.
At first glance, this preparation match between Italy and San Marino did not have much interest. And from afar, there was even reason to wonder if this friendly match against the 210th and last team in the FIFA rankings was not a losing game for Italy, which will open the Euro ball on June 11. next against Turkey, at the Stadio Olimpico.
But in the Sardegna Arena in Cagliari this Friday evening, the players of the Italian selection were playing a lot. And more precisely, a place in the Euro. Because the coach Roberto Mancini has retained 33 players when only 26 will be able to participate in the competition. So, against the modest team of San Marino, the former Manchester City coach carried out a large workforce review.
The time of the “hairdressers”
Sign of this turnover: Federico Bernardeschi, far from starting with Juventus, was the captain of the Nazionale tonight and opened the scoring in the first period (32nd). No Chiellini, Bonucci, Barella, Chiesa or Immobile. It was the hour of the “hairdressers”, those who wish to avoid being part of the six disappointed who will have to leave the selection next Tuesday, even before the second preparation match of the Nazionale against the Czech Republic on June 4.
And among the contenders for the list, a few players stood out. Gian Marco Ferrari, central defender of Sassuolo, scored for his very first selection by scoring the second goal of the meeting (34th) in fox surfaces. Matteo Pessina also released his goal counter with Italy, with a brace (74th, 86th) for his fifth selection.
Kean among the sidelined players?
Matteo Politano, also author of a double (49th, 77th), also scored points, unlike Moise Kean. The Paris Saint-Germain striker, who had missed the last six games of the Nazionale, came out at half-time without showing much to his coach. Kean could be among the sidelined players due to peak competition from Ciro Immobile, Giacomo Raspadori and Andrea Belotti.
The latter scored the fourth goal for his team (67th) when the players of San Marino have completely sunk physically before conceding four goals in less than twenty minutes. Largely victorious, the Italian team is reassured two weeks before the start of the Euro and hopes to gain momentum, with the presence for the next match of the executives of the selection. Before a very hot opening match against Turkey on June 11.