Two Indicators That Point Towards Luciano Spalletti’s Probably Formation At The Euro 2024

Written By Onyeka Daniel

Italy will be defending their crown at the Euro 2024 tournament in Germany later this summer under the guidance of a new manager, Luciano Spalletti and the former Napoli coach recently released his 30-man squad for the tourney that would be further reduced to 26 in the next few days.

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While he has often favored the 4-3-3 formation during his coaching career, it’s looking more likely that he would be playing the 3-5-2 formation when the Nazionale do come up against Albania, Croatia and Spain in the group stage.

Former Juventus and Bologna midfielder Giancarlo Marocchi feels that Matteo Politano’s omission from Italy’s preliminary squad for Euro 2024 means Spalletti will surely use a three-man defence. Marocchi, one of the Sky Sport Italia pundits at Euro 2024, spoke about Spalletti’s call-ups in an interview with Tuttosport.


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The first hint towards this change is an interview that Spalletti praised Inter Milan’s group of players in the national team. “Having six players from the same club is a big deal for us, because it is not like it used to be when the Nazionale was formed of groups from Juventus, Inter, Milan or at most Roma,” said Spalletti.

“Now there are players from Genoa, Bologna and all sorts.“So to have players who can glance over at each other and feel ‘we can trust ourselves because we showed it with our victory in Serie A,’ that is an advantage.” He said. “Thank goodness someone still believes in Italian talent, because there is a lot of it out there and it ought to be given more room to flourish,” added Spalletti.

Now Marocchi seems to be giving further credence to it by alluding to Politano’s absence in the preliminary squad list. “If I had made the team, I would have called Politano as well,” said the former midfielder.

“Of course, every coach makes decisions to build the best squad. It doesn’t have to be formed by the best players and Spalletti’s decisions have been made with this spirit. I would have also called 32 players.” Marocchi believes Spalletti will use a three-man defence in Germany next month. “99% yes, but I’d still keep a 1% and this is why I would have called Politano,” he insisted.

The Napoli winger “won the title with Spalletti not long ago, and with his splendid 4-3-3, Spalletti would not have needed to instruct him and Di Lorenzo on the right flank.”Spalletti has only used a three-man defence twice in eight games in charge of Italy, the most recent matches against Venezuela and Ecuador.

The Azzurri CT has also given Juventus midfielder Nicolò Fagioli a chance. The 23-year-old has just returned from a seven-month ban for gambling. “Technically it is understandable. On the other hand, he hasn’t played for a long time, but the tournament won’t last long,” noted Marocchi.

“Nothing else should be said. I was among the relators in Bologna during one of the latest public meetings and I found a grown guy who is aware he has to complete a journey.” Lastly, Marocchi praised Spalletti and his attitude and hoped the CT would be able to pass on his mentality to the team.

“I hope Spalletti will be able to transmit his love for the Azzurri jersey and show what it means to play for Italy,” the ex-midfielder concluded. Marocchi, 58, scored 20 goals in 329 appearances and won the Serie A title once with Juventus.He made his Italy debut in December 1988 and finished his career with 11 senior-level appearances with the Azzurri.


Napoli are reported to be the favourites for free agent Mario Hermoso, ahead of Roma, while Juventus, Inter and Milan could also show interest. The centre-back turns 29 next month and has decided not to extend his contract with Atletico Madrid beyond June 30.

According to Chiringuito TV in Spain, Hermoso has a very specific idea on his mind and that is to take the next step in his career in Italy. There are several teams who would be glad to welcome the Spain international into their squad, especially without a transfer fee attached.

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According to DAZN, the absolute favourites so far are Napoli, although there remains quite a distance between his wage demands and the proposal on offer. The same source suggests that Roma have also made contact with the defender. Calciomercato also point Hermoso towards Inter.

But also noting that Milan could also be ready to step forward with an approach. A product of the Real Madrid youth academy, Hermoso went on to play for Real Valladolid and Espanyol before the €25m transfer to Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2019. He has also been linked with Aston Villa this summer, but would seem to have his heart set on Italy.

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