Germany vs.  Italy: Die Mannschaft may be real threat to World Cup, Azzurri needs patience to get rebuild right

Germany vs. Italy: Die Mannschaft may be real threat to World Cup, Azzurri needs patience to get rebuild right

Germany vs.  Italy: Die Mannschaft may be real threat to World Cup, Azzurri needs patience to get rebuild right

Italy didn’t stand a chance at Borussia Park in Monchengladbach on Tuesday night as Germany dismantled the Azzurri 5-2 in UEFA Nations League game.

The Italians didn’t look like a side that would lose by three at first, but as soon as the opening goal came, Roberto Mancini’s side collapsed. Germany was dominant in all areas of the pitch, especially on defense, where they didn’t give much to the guests. Joshua Kimmich scored in the 10th minute and a penalty scored by lkay Gundoğan in the closing moments of the first half gave the Germans a comfortable 2-0 lead at half-time, and they never looked back.

In the second half, Italy attacked in the early stages, but then it was all Germany with a goal from Thomas Muller and a two-minute brace from Chelsea striker Timo Werner. Italy’s 18-year-old rising star Wilfried Gnonto scored his first goal with the Azzurri, becoming the youngest goalscorer in the history of the Italian national team. A last-minute header by Alessandro Bastoni narrowed the deficit to three before the final whistle.

As things stand, Hungary leads the group (7 points) after a 4-0 win over England, while Germany (6 points) has overtaken Italy with the win. Italy (5 points) and England (2 points) are at the bottom.

Germany is back on track

After three draws in a row, Germany was finally able to score their first win in the UEFA Nations League group stage against Italy and showed some good improvements. The defensive setting was incredibly solid thanks to the comeback of new Real Madrid player Toni Rudiger. Italy didn’t do much to find a breakthrough in the first half, but Hansi Flick’s defense in particular was strong, showing an improvement on the other three previous games. Hoffenheim left-back David Raum put in another standout performance and was definitely one of the best players to date under Flick’s regime.

It is no coincidence that the two goals of the first half came from the two midfielders: Gundoğan and Kimmich. The two are a very good match and they give Flick no choice but to play them on a consistent basis – not only because of their experience, but also because of the way they connect the defense with the strikers. All in all, there were some negative aspects in the first three games of this group stage that cast some doubt on this side, this match against Italy showed that Germany is still one of the teams to watch out for for the 2022 World Cup.

The new era of Italy needs more time

Mancini has started a new cycle after failing to qualify for the World Cup. There are many signs confirming that this cycle is still in its infancy. The Italian tactician is trying to bring in new faces in the roster, especially with young prospects who struggle even to make minutes in Serie A.

It all starts with Gnonto, who got the go-ahead on Tuesday after the solid performances from the bench in previous games. Following Mancini’s intuition, he managed to score his first international goal at the highest level, while also breaking a record for the youngest goalscorer in the history of the program. Gnonto (born 2003) decided to leave the Inter Milan youth team to move to Zurich where he played last season. He has bet on himself and is now in talks with several Bundesliga and Serie A clubs. Mancini was brave enough to consider him for the national team along with other young players such as Atalanta’s Giorgio Scalvini and Sassuolo’s Giacomo Raspadori .

That said, the 5-2 thrashing showed that this is not enough to guarantee an immediate winning future for Italy. These players definitely need more time, patience and more games in their legs. It’s a long-term project that could test the patience of Azzurri fans, especially after failing to qualify for two consecutive World Cups. Mancini needs to make some real improvements in a short time.