Team analysis

Italy

Italy

Italy squad
No.PlayerBornPos.ENGIRLNEDFRACROGSClub
1Gianluigi Donnarumma25/02/1999Goalkeeper8080808080 AC Milan (ITA)
2Giuseppe Scalera26/01/1998Defender8080808080 FC Bari 1908 (ITA)
3Federico Giraudo11/08/1998Defender8080808080 Torino FC (ITA)
4Alessandro Mattioli13/02/1998Defender8080808080 FC Internazionale Milano (ITA)
5Andrea Malberti10/04/1998Defender 1+ AC Milan (ITA)
6Andres Llamas07/05/1998Defender8080808080 AC Milan (ITA)
7Luca Coccolo23/02/1998Defender34+ 6+ Juventus (ITA)
8Edoardo Degl'Innocenti07/08/1998Midfield9+10+22+23+60*+ ACF Fiorentina (ITA)
9Filippo Melegoni18/02/1999Midfield 80808080 Atalanta BC (ITA)
10Manuel Locatelli08/01/1998Midfield80808074*8* AC Milan (ITA)
11Mattia El Hilali20/01/1998Midfield71*80808080 AC Milan (ITA)
12Tommaso Cucchietti24/01/1998Goalkeeper Torino FC (ITA)
13Luca Matarese16/04/1998Midfield46*1+ 41*12+ Genoa CFC (ITA)
14Alessandro Eleuteri08/06/1998Midfield54* Juventus (ITA)
15Simone Lo Faso18/02/1998Midfield26+70*58*57*46*1 US Città di Palermo (ITA)
16Patrick Cutrone03/01/1998Forward8080*70*80801 AC Milan (ITA)
17Gianluca Scamacca01/01/1999Forward53*10+39+34+ PSV Eindhoven (NED)
18Simone Mazzocchi17/08/1998Forward8027+79* 801 Atalanta BC (ITA)
Pos. = Position; GS = Goals scored; * = Started; + = Substitute
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Coach: Bruno Tedino
13/08/64
"I was very proud of the lads because we improved game by game and had the talent and belief to compete with some very, very good teams. At this level it is natural that we should be a little inconsistent in our play, but we were strong as a unit and met all the challenges head-on. We fell short of our objective of reaching the FIFA [U-17] World Cup, but the lads can go home with their heads held high and enriched by the experience of having played against some extremely good teams."

Italy team analysis

Italy team analysis

• Classic 4-4-2 based on disciplined, well-organised defending
• Compact unit; lines of four closely linked with keeper sweeping behind
• Two controlling midfielders disciplined in prioritising defensive duties
• Patient play at back – but emphasis on direct supply to the two strikers
• Hard work by target and deep-lying strikers �� the first line of defence
• Quick attack-to-defence transitions; fast counters after deep ball winning
• Tactical maturity; strong work ethic, positive attitude, mental resilience