On Tuesday evening at the Allianz Arena, Germany swept aside a makeshift Italy team, defeating the Azzurri 4-1 in Antonio Conte’s last real test ahead of the European Championships in France this summer.
After a morale-sapping match, we look to bring you five things that La Nazionale and their coach would have learned from the game against their bitter European rivals.
The 3-4-3 formation remains effective
Ok, so the result might suggest otherwise but the Germany goals all came from individual errors as opposed to a collective failing of the system. The formation worked well against Spain just a few days earlier and despite the scoreline, the Azzurri did create chances in Munich.
A poor midfield performance was at the heart of Italy’s problems on Tuesday evening, with personnel rather than strategy being the main culprit.
The light at the end of the tunnel is that players such as Marco Verratti and Claudio Marchisio will hopefully be back from injury for the finals and with Andrea Barzagli and Giorgio Chiellini also fully recuperated to strengthen the back line, it is not inconceivable that 3-4-3 can be a winning formula.