After Covid, injuries. Coverciano looks like a sea port: people who go, people who come. All with trolley in hand and the same question in mind: but this Was Nations League really necessary? The answer is obviously no, but since the last word belongs to UEFA, the show must go on. The troubles, a lot, are of the players, clubs and coaches, who have to deal with this constant alarm. Where there is no virus, there are injuries. Playing with these rhythms it is inevitable that you get hurt. The AC Milan fans, to be clear, have played 13 games in 50 days. But the question applies to everyone: the risk of wear is very high. That is why he would have gladly done without matches and above all non-fundamental movements.
Now at risk for the delicate race of Sunday in Reggio Emilia with Poland there is Leonardo Bonucci, struggling with an adductor problem that drags on from Champions League match with Barcelona. The captain is a fighter like few others, his will be a race against time to be able to play his hundredth race in blue, but at the moment its presence remains in doubt. Today we decide. As for the Mancini coach: in isolation for almost two weeks, he is asymptomatic, he snorts and paws to return. But only today will he know the results of the swab.
The scenario is clear, beating the Poles on Sunday we would be seeded to the draw for the qualifiers al Global. Ma Wednesday is played again: if you are going to Sarajevo in the house of the Bosnia, therefore Deputy coach Evani will wait until the end to understand Bonucci’s conditions. The Juve, like all clubs, he notes worried: lost Chiellini for a month and now he fears losing another central defender. Between now and the end of the year, the teams that also compete in the cups will play ten games in one month. There is concern. Motivated.
On Friday on the Coverciano field I statthe proven Acerbi and Romagnoli: it will be up to them to mark Lewandowski, to which the other day Lego has delivered a beautiful brick-built Golden Balloon: the real one would in all likelihood have taken him home, if only France Football had not decided to cancel this year’s edition in July.
Returning to the blue troubles and the port of Coverciano, after Grifo and Zaccagni on Friday, Pellegri and Kean also left the group: a double loss only partially offset by call of Okaka from Udinese, more than four and a half years after the last one, March 2016. The blue attack is in an emergency, with Home property for 10 days due to Covid. Sunday at the center of the 4-3-3 will then touch a Belotti, he too in conditions not excellent for a blow to the knee.
Net of the current situation, with the group of 41 called up that is getting thinner and thinner, Mancini’s new course has generated a climate of tangible enthusiasm, with an Italy that almost always wins and has fun. “We are on the right track, playing modern football of possession and aggression, an offensive mentality that we like, in fact we are also doing well” said the Italian full-back. Emerson Palmieri, which is then ihe also spoke on the controversy between clubs and national teams for too many games and the risks associated with travel due to the pandemic: “It’s not an easy situation, I like to play and if I can do it every three days I’m happy. I respect what others think, but that’s okay with me“. To Chelsea, which gives him 4 million net a year, for nothing.