Gravina and Spalletti Seek Ways to Revive the Azzurri

Italy and the FIGC are picking up the pieces following the early Euro 2024 exit. The new course will be led by the same key figures. Luciano Spalletti will stay at the helm and federal president Gianluca Gravina won’t resign. On the other hand, the latter wants to find new methods to help the national team.

He’s considering shoring up the council that tends to the rapport with clubs. He wants to enroll top directors Giuseppe Marotta, Cristiano Giuntoli, Atalanta’s Umberto Marino and Bologna’s Giovanni Sartori, La Repubblica informs (via Calciomercato).

Spalletti announced he’d go younger in the next Italy cycle ahead of the World Cup. The victims could be Francesco Acerbi, who missed the Euros due to injury, Matteo Darmian, and Giovanni Di Lorenzo, who are over 30. Bryan Cristante and Gianluca Mancini are also at risk.

Per Tuttomercatoweb, the coach will reload with Giorgio Scalvini, Sandro Tonali, Destiny Udogie, and Nicolò Zaniolo, who were unavailable this summer. The new additions to the group could be Giovanni Fabbian, Tommaso Baldanzi, Cesare Casadei, Michael Kayode, Lorenzo Lucca, and Cher Ndour.

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More than anything, the Azzurri need better chemistry between the coach and the squad, and the former has to dumb down his tactics because a national team and a club are different animals. He hasn’t been in the dugout for long, so it’s okay to give him another chance. However, qualifying for the World Cup is far from a given, as they already know too well; therefore, the leash should be short if the early results aren’t good. Gravina should have been long gone, but he’s apparently made of Teflon.

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