Bergomi: ‘Nobody has as many quality midfielders as Italy’

World Cup winner Beppe Bergomi maintains the future is bright for Italy, wants better service for Ciro Immobile and insists ‘nobody has’ as many midfield options as the Azzurri, but they are really missing a Roberto Baggio-style Number 10.

The Azzurri have lurched from Champions of Europe to crashing out of the World Cup play-offs in under a year, confusing fans and raising questions on how the same squad can give such different performances.

Some blamed the coach, others looked to the lack of natural talent coming through, but 1982 World Cup winning defender Bergomi is optimistic.

“I believe Mancini has the men to do well,” Bergomi told La Repubblica.

“In midfield he’s got Bryan Cristante, Sandro Tonali, Nicolò Barella, Manuel Locatelli, Marco Verratti, Davide Frattesi and Jorginho. Plus of course Lorenzo Pellegrini, who played there against Hungary.

“Who else in Europe has that kind of a choice to make? Germany have three and play with Timo Werner upfront, who is not a striker.

“As for the wide areas, we’ve got Federico Chiesa, Domenico Berardi, Matteo Politano, Nicolò Zaniolo, Lorenzo Insigne and the young guy Willy Gnonto.

“People talk about a lack of talent, but where we’re really missing someone is a Number 10. Italy haven’t had a classic 10 since the time of Roberto Baggio, Gianfranco Zola, Francesco Totti or indeed Mancini.”

The main talking point over the last few months has been the centre-forward, as even with Ciro Immobile and Andrea Belotti injured, the Nazionale still struggled to score goals with the new pack.

“We should put Immobile in the right condition to score goals and not be in such a hurry to get rid of Belotti either,” replied Bergomi.

“The future is Giacomo Raspadori and Gianluca Scamacca, as they are creative and have technique, physicality, plus an eye for goal.”

Italy failed to qualify for their second consecutive World Cup tournament and are now using the Nations League to try out new faces.

“What’s done is done, hopefully we can use the next two years to work without pressure. We’re preparing for a European Championship nobody is demanding that we win and the World Cup qualifiers are expanded to 48 teams. It is best to use this time to experiment.”

6 Comments on “Bergomi: ‘Nobody has as many quality midfielders as Italy’”

  1. If we had lost the Euro and missed the World Cup, it would be worse. Things happen, we have been blessed as fans-
    4 World Cups, 2 elusive Euros now.

    Adversity usually leads to concerted improvement and accountability, let’s see if that happens here, I am confident it will.

    It’s a world game, and generational talents make these national teams more compelling than purchased, club team talent.

    The highs come with lows.
    Forza Ragazzi🇮🇹

  2. This guy needs to stay retired, even suggesting that Immobile or Bellotti should be included on the National Team going forward is pure lunacy , he’s completely out of touch with reality.

  3. mancini will come up with the correct formula to win again in 2 years time. after winning the euro the boys lost stimulus, something that has often happened with the azzurri, remember 1982 ( it took 6 years to rebuild and challenge) the same after 1990 (missing the euro), and after 2000 euro it took 6 more years before they won the WC, and those teams had #10s baggio, totti, ect. I think a deep midfield ( remember dare i say rivera, mazzola, de sisti ), and a strong defense and goalie are more important to winning than anything else and euro 2020 proved it. the azzurri have these players for the foreseeable future.

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