4-2 is a good enough score for the azzurrini to bow out of an encouraging tournament showing with their heads held high. On the balance of play and chances, it could have been much worse for the Italians, with Spain dominating the midfield and carving out chances with impressive consistency from start to finish.
Both italys goals were wonderful and had our captain not lost his player in the box twice, and had florenzi put that great chance away in the first half, who knows eh! Perhaps we could have won.
However, this was a match of men agaisnt boys. And a wake-up call to the Italian footballing culture which rarely gives youth a chance at the top level domestically. Whilst isco is coming off a great season in la primera, battling against atletico Madrid and Barcelona, our own fausto rossi has spent the recently finished stagione shoulder to shoulder with the likes of Ternana, pro vercelli and ascoli. As somnath (ever the font of calm, well reasoned analysis) declared during the half time break in the slaughter, we can't expect miracles from players lacking experience and regular football in the top flight of Italian football.
We weren't humiliated but neither were we within touching distance of our opponents.
Conte broke with tradition with pogba, but after confirming Luca marrone in our first team squad the youngster was offered only a sporadic starting role as a cb. With matri as our only prima punta, ciro immobile was sent out to always likely to struggle genoa, after showing in a blistering serie b campaign with pescara.
Conte is a young, already successful, progressive manager. And with the likes of immobile, leali, sorensen and gabbiadini on our books, perhaps the tide will turn. Add to that group appelt, buoy, beltrame, mattiello and sakor and it's plain to see that in terms of procuring and coaching quality youth we are on the right tracks.
What needs to happen is for the youngsters to be given a chance to shine sooner rather than later.
Nonetheless, it's been a good tournament for Mangia and the lads and the performances and results bode well for the future.
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