After getting two disappointing draws in their first two games, Italy looks set to change their formation once again for the last group game against Slovakia. Reports from the journalist that witness the team’s training suggested that Marcello Lippi will get back to his old formation 4-3-3, as his final card in getting the best result against Vladimir Weiss’ squad. On training, Lippi doesn’t seem to change a lot of things especially upfront as he still puts Gilardino and Iaquinta with the addition of Antonio Di Natale.
The trident, has actually been tried out many times before, Di Natale was replaced by Simone Pepe who started before him in the previous two games. In the three forward formation, the Udinese striker will be placed as the one of the wide men with Iaquinta while Gilardino will be placed on the middle as center forward. Meanwhile, in the midfield, reports stated that Lippi might not use Pirlo as a starter and still relying the creative force on De Rossi and Montolivo with the addition of Gattuso in place of the disappointing Claudio Marchisio.
It looks like Lippi, won’t try to take a gamble early on as he opted to bench Pirlo and stick with a more balance midfield by adding another work horse in Gattuso. Although the former Juventus’ coach looks to play it save with the composition, it would actually still a gamble for the Azzuri as they could still miss that creative force the team badly missed in the first two games. If Montolivo and De Rossi fail to provide that cutting edge for the forwards, Italy could be in for another frustrating evening as I doubt that Di Natale or Iaquinta could provide the creative assistant for the world champion.
However, the good thing for Lippi’s squad would the the availability of Pirlo on the bench that could provide the creativity needed if Montolivo and De Rossi still fails to deliver the goods for the Azzurri’s game. Meanwhile, at the back it seems that the charismatic coach will still keep his defense line up consisting of Zambrotta, Cannavaro, Chielini and Criscito which hasn’t actually looked that bad, although they already concede two goals both but all of those goals comes from a free kick process that involved the whole team set pieces defense set up rather than just the four back line organizations.
Personally I do believe the 4-3-3 formation would be the best line up that Lippi could come up with the players he had as his disposal, which consist plenty of wide attacking players rather than playmaker or trequartista. Although, I would actually put a different set of players in the middle and upfront than what he would probably put put against Slovakia. My choice of line up in the mid would be De Rossi-Pirlo-Marchisio, while up front I’d rather take Di Natale-Pazzini-Iaquinta or Camoranesi as I am not convinced in having both Gilardino and Iaquinta playing together up front. Whatever formation and composition that Lippi will set up, the Azzurri fans would only have one desire, which is winning and qualifying from their group.