All the worries of the coach for the match against Switzerland: doubts also for Bastoni and Zaniolo, the absences of three other Azzurri are already certain
We risk playing the World Cup with a banded national team. And the Milan derby effect on the decisive Italy-Switzerland on Friday: if yesterday afternoon the defense alarm (Bonucci-Chiellini) seemed to be able to evaporate in simple anxiety, in the evening the possible midfield emergency made its way. Because to the unknown Pellegrini and Zaniolo, in the second half of the derby was added that, very serious, of Barella, who came out touching the flexor of his right thigh. And the problem is that he had already felt the discomfort several minutes before and in the meantime he continued to play, even sacrificing himself in a particularly demanding recovery. A few minutes later Bastoni also joined him on the bench due to an adductor discomfort: his possible unavailability would be even more serious considering the problems the two Juventus defenders had on Saturday, both out of Juve-Fiorentina due to more or less important muscle problems. Today the coach Roberto Mancini, after the various investigations of the case (some, for those who had arrived earlier after the afternoon matches, already carried out last night in Coverciano), will count the available, recoverable and will evaluate any necessary replacements. But he shouldn’t have this need at least for Chiellini and Bonucci, even if he will be sure of it only in the next few days: in the end there should be both, no one wants to miss this delicate challenge. The alarm, if anything, as well as for Barella is for Lorenzo Pellegrini: also for the Roma midfielder the definitive guarantees on availability will be postponed to the next few days, after a day by day update of his conditions.
the central couple
The situation that worries less is that of Bonucci, who did not take the field on Saturday but was still regularly on the bench for Juve-Fiorentina. A precautionary stop, considering that he had played – between the championship and the Champions League – the last six consecutive games, all as a starter and all for 90 ‘, except for the second match with Zenit (85’): muscularly it was necessarily a bit ‘”Loaded”, therefore the choice agreed with Allegri was to take a breather. And it was not changed even when Chiellini forfeited the warm-up. The defender felt a fatigue in the adductor and even his step back was a choice to avoid worse problems: the classic stop in time of those who know their body perfectly. All the more reason in your case, however, all possible caution will be used.
Equally delicate, considering the type of problem and therefore the attention requested by Roma during the interviews of his doctors with the blue staff, is the situation that concerns Pellegrini: struggling with an inflammation in his left knee that had kept him out of the race. with Bodo Glimt, but not since yesterday in Venice, sixth league match played in a row (all for 90 ‘). But thanks to the help of painkillers and with only one training behind: a forced employment that certainly did not improve the situation, and in fact yesterday the knee was swollen. Also worries Zaniolo, who entered Venice only in the final: probably a bit cold, so as to feel discomfort in the calf and knee. Probable resonance today. The path of prudence will be chosen for all, beyond the importance of preparing such an important appointment with the best of forces: certainly among certain absentees (Verratti, Pessina and Toloi, as well as Spinazzola), new injuries, border line situations and players not at the top especially in attack, Mancini hoped to reach this decisive intersection with a much healthier national team.
On the other hand, the lawn of the Olimpico is quite well, despite the three matches (Roma-Bodo, Italy-All Blacks rugby and Lazio-Salernitana) played in the last four days, from Thursday to yesterday. The pitch has held up well, so a total but partial re-balling will not be necessary, dedicated only to the two small areas and to other very limited areas of the field, which have already been identified: it will be done in the next few hours, with the supervision of the technicians of “Sport and health”.
November 8, 2021 (change November 8, 2021 | 08:29)
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