Antonio Conte will be forced to get creative this summer as he will head to the Euro’s without the services of one of Italy’s key players.
Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio was stretchered off the pitch in the Bianconeri’s 4-0 victory over Palermo on Sunday and it has been confirmed that the Italian has torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, ruling him out of Euro 2016.
So who replaces Marchisio in the Italy starting X1? The obvious replacement is Lazio’s Marco Parolo who plays the same sort of role for Lazio as Marchisio plays for Juve. He could also turn to Jorginho, who has been a revelation with Napoli this season and received his Azzurri debut against Spain last month.
However during the last round of international fixtures, Conte was missing both Marchisio and Marco Verratti and instead of bringing in straight replacements, Conte switched to a 3-4-3 formation, which requires one less central midfielder and he may decide to pursue this formation now that he is down one of his key figures in the middle of the park.
Roma’s Daniele De Rossi and Juventus’ Stefano Sturaro can provide more bite to the midfield, but should the Chelsea-bound coach wish to add some experience to the squad he can call on AC Milan’s Riccardo Montolivo or Andrea Pirlo of New York City FC.
Thiago Motta has developed a strong partnership with Verratti at PSG and was reintroduced into the fold last month, while Sampdoria’s Roberto Soriano, AC Milan’s Giacomo Bonaventura and youngster Marco Benassi of Torino are also alternatives.
What do you think Conte will do?