Serie A Chronicles
No Totti No Poddy as Italy Takes Nations League Bronze
This week we deep-dive on Italy's third place at the UEFA Nations League Finals held in Milan and Turin, particularly the semi-final match loss against Spain and the many talking points which arose from Mancini's Azzurri finally having an end to their unbeaten run. It was fun while it lasted!
Some of the topics to come out of Italy's two matches:
- How did Roberto Mancini's men match up tactically with Luis Enrique's Spain?
- Gianluigi Donnarumma jeered by the home crowd at his first trip back to San Siro since signing for PSG in the summer.
- Italy's striking options going forward.
- What is the best combination for an Italy midfield brimming with an abundance of talent?
Nicky and Mina heap praise on Nicolò Barella after his sweet volley to open the scoring against Belgium, and what of the rumours of Premier League sides targeting Federico Chiesa?
We preview a couple standout matches from the upcoming matchday 8 of Serie A: Lazio v Inter and Juventus v Roma. It's the stories of the managers with Simone Inzaghi visting his old stomping ground, and Mina is on the edge of her seat with anticipation at the mouthwatering clash of managerial styles between Juve's Massimiliano Allegri and Roma's Jose Mourinho.
And then it's all about the legend... the King of Roma and 2006 World Cup champion, Francesco Totti, as Nicky Bandini had the recent privilege of interviewing Il Capitano for The Guardian to discuss his career and his autobiography being published in English. An absolutely fascinating conversation about the man, which must not be missed.
Read Nicky's excellent article: Francesco Totti: ‘In my time football was made of love. Today it’s more business’.
You can order Totti's book, titled Gladiator, in The Guardian Bookshop.
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