Italy Set to Undergo Huge Lineup Changes Against Croatia

Italy head coach Luciano Spalletti is willing to make numerous alterations to his starting lineup in a ‘make or break’ Euro 2024 clash against Croatia. Gli Azzurri will take on the 2022 World Cup bronze medalists at RB Leipzig’s Red Bull Arena in two days, with their hopes of reaching the knockout stages hanging by a thread.

After a 2-1 win against Albania to kick things off in the tournament’s ‘group of death,’ Italy delivered an abysmal performance in a 1-0 defeat to Spain on Thursday. As a result, the reigning European champions head into the ultimate group-stage round two points clear of Croatia and can ill-afford another slip-up

Several Italy stars underperformed against Spain. And it didn’t flow under Spalletti’s radar. As per La Repubblica, the ex-Napoli manager is ready to demote Gianluca Scamacca, Federico Chiesa, Jorginho, and Giovanni Di Lorenzo to the bench, with Inter midfielder Davide Frattesi also at risk of being dropped.

Jorginho had an awful game against Spain as his notorious lack of speed came to the fore. The same goes for Chiesa, who was supposed to lead the line for Italy, only to be dismantled by Marc Cucurella in almost every one-on-one. Di Lorenzo was no match for Nico Williams and could surrender his place to Raoul Bellanova.

Scamacca was a disaster in both games. Unfortunately for Italy, center-forward options are at a premium. Mateo Retegui could dislodge the Atalanta striker, but he also had a nightmarish cameo against Spain, barely touching the ball in half an hour he spent on the pitch.

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