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Only four goals scored, already 27 years old and completed only 30 A-national games and still miss him all over Italy. The speech is from Lorenzo Insigne of SSC Naples. Actually, he should not play in the “Squadra Azzurra” anymore. Roberto Mancini ordered a rejuvenation cure for the Italian national team. Thus, it is not surprising that in the current squad, which was called up for the European Championship qualifiers, only four players were nominated with 30 or more games under its belt. Only the two defenses Leonardo Bonucci (85 A-internationals) and Giorgio Chiellini (captain – 100 A-internationals) bring real experience.
That this rejuvenation cure is needed, was every Italian at the latest after missing the 2018 World Cup aware. For the Finns that looks quite different. In total, seven players with more than 30 games experience were nominated. The average age is also significantly higher. It is therefore not surprising that in Italy Finland is a prognosis harder than usual. Taking the good old days as a benchmark, Italy would have always been the clear favorite. The experience, however, is now more on the side of the Scandinavians. Nevertheless, the individual quality is higher, which still justifies a tip on the hosts in Italy – Finland.
If one thinks of Italy, the name Juventus Turin inevitably comes to mind. Roberto Mancini was nominated for six squads by the Italian series champion: Mattia Perin, Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini, Leonardo Spinazzola, Federico Bernardeschi and Moise Kean. After the loss of Insigne it surprises at least a little that Mario Balotelli was not nominated. In his last seven Ligue 1 games, he scored a total of five goals. No other Italian striker currently has a better cut. It will come to the performance of Ciro Immobile for better or worse. However, since this is also in an excellent form, the 2006 World Champion may not be too worried about the duel against Finland.
The year 2018 was certainly not very successful. Since the inauguration of Roberto Mancini Italy played nine games. Three wins face four draws and two defeats. The goal balance is balanced at 8: 8. However, it must not be forgotten that the opponents with u. a. France, Holland, Poland and Portugal were not patronized. The most striking thing is that the matches of the “Squadra Azzurra” ended again with a typical Italian result: 1: 1, 0: 0 and 1: 0 were the three main finals in the last nine matches. Thus, Italy is back finally saddle again. But in the end goals were actually not enough to be back in the world class. A closer look at the last duels shows, however, that Italy really left a lot of high-caliber winners and certainly could have scored more goals, if not have to. In Italy against Finland a tip on under 2.5 goals would be very attractive. With all the negative coverage of Italy – be it inexperience, the many only narrow victories, etc. – it remains a fact that the “Squadra Azzurra” is a true home-night. Including friendly matches, Italy is undefeated since 15 home games. Only France was able to wrestle Italy in 2016 in a friendly match 1: 3.
The Finns will have to give up one of the most experienced defenders in their ranks in the landmark game against Italy. At just 24, Jere Uronen is one of the key players of coach Markku Kanerva. As a left-back, he not only often wins decisive duels in the backward movement. He also regularly provides one or the other dangerous action in the offensive.
Not least due to the good performances of Uronen Finland secured in the Nations League the first place in the league C before Hungary, Greece and Estonia. Thus, it is possible that the Scandinavians could meet at the next edition of the Nations League on the German national team, since both are from now on in the league B represented. Finland won its first four competitive games in series. Thus, the last two defeats against Greece (0: 1) and Hungary (0: 2) also did not hurt, as first place was already secured. Finland is clearly on the upswing. Since 02/09/2017, the Kanerva-Eleven has lost only four games, two of them in inconsequential friendlies. Thus, Markku Karnerva is the most successful main coach Finland has ever had. Ten of his 19 games were won under his leadership, which equates to a success rate of over 50%. The reason for the success is certainly the greatly improved defense. During the Nations League, Finland had to concede only three goals in the six group matches. A total of four times zero. Italy could be hard on Finland to score the first goal. On the contrary, the Finns scored the first goal in six of their last nine matches.
Italy vs Finland head to head matches
06.06.16 FI Italy Finland 2 : 0
17.11.04 FI Italy Finland 1 : 0
11.06.03 EUR Finland Italy 0 : 2
29.03.03 EUR Italy Finland 2 : 0
14.10.77 WC Italy Finland 6 : 1