Super crazy Mario Balotelli can be called back by coach Roberto Mancini to the Italian team to prepare for the play-off round to win tickets to the World Cup 2022.
Balotelli prepares to return to the Italian team
According to journalist Fabrizio Romano, coach Roberto Mancini is about to call Mario Balotelli back to Italy. The former Man City captain wants to give the 31-year-old striker one more chance.
Debuted in 2010, the adventure of the then 20-year-old player in the blue shirt was full of ups and downs. Balotelli scored the first goals at EURO 2012, bringing Prandelli’s teachers and students to the final.
The last time Balotelli played for Thien Thanh team was in September 2019. There, he played 62 minutes in a 1-1 draw against Poland in the UEFA Nations League.
On March 25, Italy will have a vital match with North Macedonia in the play-off semi-finals to compete for tickets to the World Cup 2022. If they overcome the North Macedonia team, the opponent of coach Mancini’s teachers and students will be Portugal or Turkey.
The disastrous injury of two pillars in the border area, Ben Chilwell and Reece James, turned Chelsea’s seemingly unbeaten season out of reach.
Chelsea started the 2021-22 season in a good way. Thomas Tuchel’s army won the European Super Cup and soon after quickly established the leading position in the race in the Premier League and the UEFA Champions League group stage. However, the period at the end of September suddenly marked the difficulties of the Stamford Bridge team on all fronts. They were only fortunate to overcome Aston Villa on penalties in the EFL Cup, failed to convince themselves in a direct confrontation with rivals Manchester City at home and followed by a final match in Italy against Juventus.
The stalemate in the idea of attacking and the layout of Chelsea’s deployment plan seems to have been captured by the opponent. However, Tuchel’s talent was on display at the right time. The German coach proved why he is one of the top football strategists in the world when he made a spectacular adjustment to help Chelsea transform in October, by pushing Ben Chilwell and Reece James in regularly. and make full use of the space in the corridor.
The directness in the action of Chilwell and James, plus the favorable space created for these two individuals to exploit by the 1-on-1 dribbling prowess of dozens of other players Chelsea have in stock. such as Callum Hudson-Odoi, Christian Pulisic or Hakim Ziyech help the Blues sublimate. Not famous for their separate victories since arriving in London, but Chelsea of October-November continuously created the suppression of the opponent. 4-0 against Malmo, 7-0 against Norwich, 3-0 against Newcastle, 3-0 against Leicester and 4-0 against Juventus, Chelsea showed a stormy face within 1/3 of the opponent’s field and solidity jelly table in the area of 1/3 of the yard.
Then, injury struck Chilwell forcing this left-back to be out for the rest of the season. 9 matches Chelsea have had the service of a player born in 1996, they won 8 and drew 1. Since losing Chilwell, in the following 11 Premier League matches, Chelsea dropped points 8 times. Reece James’ hamstring injury at the end of December made the situation worse. From a gap of 3 and 4 points respectively with Liverpool and Manchester City at the end of November, Chelsea are now behind two direct competitors in the race to the EPL throne by 12 and 1 point with more matches played. Chelsea’s ambition to take the throne this year is almost over.
However, Chelsea’s 2021-22 season is still full of goals. Defending the UEFA Champions League title, the EFL Cup final against Liverpool and even defending the Top 4 position in the face of increasing pressure from chasing rivals. What solution to replace Chilwell and James seems to be a difficult problem that Tuchel has not yet found a solution. In fact, the German coach is not someone who lacks mutant ideas.
Remember how Chelsea locked down Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League final in Porto or the adjustment that unlocked the dangerous attacking potential of Chilwell and James. Or closer, a big surprise change in the two semi-finals of the EFL Cup against Tottenham Hotspur with a 4-2-2-2 formation. Perhaps, the current Tuchel’s headache comes from personnel issues. Two old generals Marcos Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta, although shining in the specific system applied in the Spanish national team, are increasingly revealing their weaknesses and age weight in a diagram that requires a lot of physicality and directness. desire.
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