Depay-Immobile, open fire

Post-Koeman Holland welcomes the new Italy in Amsterdam. Lodeweges maintains the legacy of the now Barça coach. Mancini will recover the Golden Boot.


Big game in Amsterdam between two teams that were not in the last World Cup. Paradoxical, but true. The Netherlands and Italy are in the process of reconstruction and face each other in the League of Nations, that UEFA invention that if there is any use for it is for countries in crisis of selection such as the Dutch or the Italian to have matches to regain their course.

The Netherlands did it in the previous edition, in which they were a finalist, and that good inertia with Koeman on the bench also led to the subsequent qualification for the Euro. The current Barça coach is no longer at the helm, but his legacy continues. You just have to check the great game of Frenkie de Jong, one of his inventions, against Poland the other day.

Lodeweges, the interim coach of the 'oranje', will have to continue with the bobbin lace in defense (Dumfries, De Ligt and Blind are not there) and will trust everything to the magician Depay, whose state of trust is world-class. It is not surprising that both him and Wijnaldum are being followed by Barça.

Unbeaten in 13 games

Italians are also rediscovering themselves, although their process seems even greener. They left a great qualifying phase for the Euro and have already accumulated 13 games without losing. With Mancini, regularity was assured against modest teams and we still need to take a step forward against the big teams, for which it will be essential to couple the good-foot players who have been coming out lately: Sensi, Barella, Pelegrini, Zaniolo ... 444 444

As if that weren't enough, the coach can win back the European Golden Boot, Ciro Immobile, for today after opting unsuccessfully for Belotti in the disappointing draw against Bosnia on the first day. Zaniolo would also enter for Chiesa, in addition to the inexhaustible Chiellini in defense instead of Acerbi. A Netherlands-Italy always sounds like the final rounds of Euro or World Cups, even if it is part of the Nations League and the two teams are under construction. A luxury for the return of national team football.

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