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Former Azzurri boss Donadoni thinks Spalletti is a great choice for Italy

Former Italy boss Roberto Donadoni believes that Luciano Spalletti is the ideal candidate to lead the Azzurri and emphasized the importance of experience within the squad.

Spalletti assumed the role of Italy’s coach earlier this month after Roberto Mancini’s surprising resignation. The decision has brought in great excitement from fans who had become disheartened by the national team’s failure to qualify for the 2022 World Cup.

The new Azzurri coach, who ended Napoli’s 33-year wait for the Scudetto last season, has injected vitality into the team with his attacking 4-3-3 style.

In an interview with the print edition of Sportweek, Donadoni shared his thoughts on Italy’s appointment of Spalletti.

“Spalletti is the right man to lead the national team. He has gained the necessary experience to carry out the task in the best way.

“He has participated several times in the European cups with his teams and has coached abroad, so he knows international football and the schools of thought of the countries we will face from time to time.

“And also, because he won the last Scudetto with Napoli, displaying an impressive show of strength.”

Donadoni keen on the first squad that Spalletti chose

Donadoni then discussed Spalletti’s squad list for his first games in charge.

“Udogie, like Baldanzi, for example, is certainly a strong young player, but in my opinion he still needs a little time to confirm himself at very high levels, such that he can be considered a cornerstone of the national team.

“It seems to me that Spalletti wanted to rely on men of greater experience, who already know the environment and are functional to his game, even if they are not currently starters at their respective clubs, I’m thinking of Frattesi and Spinazzola, to name two.

“It is a choice made in virtue, also, of what I said before, today and Tuesday we have two games that cannot be lost against North Macedonia and Ukraine.”

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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