Mancini: ‘Chiesa sparks fear’

by | Mar 30, 2021 17:26

Roberto Mancini is evaluating more changes when Italy take on Lithuania in a World Cup qualifier, but Federico Chiesa seems sure to play, as he ‘sparks fear in opponents.’

The Azzurri beat Northern Ireland and Bulgaria 2-0, so visit Vilnius on Wednesday at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT).

Players continue to leave the camp due to injury and Mancini’s options are being whittled down, not to mention pressure from clubs not to over-tire their stars.

Roberto Mancini is evaluating more changes when Italy take on Lithuania in a World Cup qualifier, but Federico Chiesa seems sure to play, as he ‘sparks fear in opponents.’

The Azzurri beat Northern Ireland and Bulgaria 2-0, so visit Vilnius on Wednesday at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT).

Players continue to leave the camp due to injury and Mancini’s options are being whittled down, not to mention pressure from clubs not to over-tire their stars.

“We are evaluating Ciro Immobile and Andrea Belotti’s condition and have a better idea tomorrow morning, after the last training session, of how they are doing. Using a False 9 like Federico Bernardeschi is still an option,” said Mancini in his press conference.

“Lorenzo Insigne played two full games and we have to evaluate him tomorrow as well. Federico Chiesa is one of those who could play. He’s in good shape and he sparks fear in his opponents, who always send at least two men to mark him. He’s a very important player for us, even if he wasn’t at his best in the last game.”

Mancini was asked if Lorenzo Pellegrini of Roma could take a spot on the right of a trident attack in the 4-3-3.

“No, at least not from the start. It’s a pity I won’t manage to allow everyone some playing time, but the squad for Euro 2020 remains open, so even those who right now are at home could still be called.”

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