International round-up: Chelsea’s Italians endure tough break

It has been a tough few months for the Italian national football team.

Having failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1958, the appointment of Roberto Mancini has not had the desired effect.

After winning his first match in charge against Saudi Arabia, Mancini has drawn two and lost two in the following four games.

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The Nations League offered the chance for a fresh start for the Italians. But it has not quite rubbed clean the negativity that Giampiero Ventura’s ill-fated time as manager brought.


Jorginho’s cool penalty rescued a point for Mancini against Poland as they drew 1-1 in Bologna.

In a game where Italy had their first shot on target late in the second half, Italy struggled to click offensively. And the performance did not improve against a Cristiano Ronaldo-less Portugal.

Andre Silva’s goal handed Italy a 1-0 loss, leaving them last in their Nations League group.

Jorginho’s importance has finally been recognised, as he featured in both matches.

Davide Zappacosta played the full 90 minutes against Poland, whilst Emerson Palmieri came on for the last 16 minutes against Portugal.

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And Maurizio Sarri will be hoping that, despite a tough week with their national team, the Italians in the Chelsea squad will come back revitalised and chomping at the bit.