The flashes of Chiesa, the great part of Georgiev but also the sinking of Florenzi, find the Tops and Flops of the editorial staff at the end of Italy-Bulgaria (1-1).
Chiesa on the momentum of her Euro
In line with his very successful Euro, Federico Chiesa has once again shown himself to his advantage. Stirring and brimming with energy, the Italian winger was the main danger for the Bulgarian defense. It was he who opened the scoring at the end of a superb action where he eliminated three players before relying on Immobile and deceiving Georgiev with a crossed strike from the left. The best player of a sluggish Nazionale on the lawn of the Artemio Franchi stadium.
The Georgiev wall
If Italy was held in check on Thursday night, it was largely because of him. In the first half, he can’t do much about Chiesa’s opener, but he still allowed his team to return to the locker room with a draw thanks to a superb stopping of the foot against d’Insigne (45th ). During the second half, Georgiev was imperial and sickened the Italian attackers on their few clear chances. First by going out quickly on a dive from Chiesa (62nd) then by showing solidity against Immobile (73rd). With 7 saves, he had a full game.
Italy’s unbeaten record
Despite the uninspiring game we attended and the draw against an opponent who seemed more than acceptable on paper, the Italians can congratulate themselves on having equalized a performance only achieved by Brazil and Spain so far. With 35 games in a row without defeat, Italy enters a little more in the history of football and will be keen to establish a new record by beating Switzerland this Sunday.
Florenzi in trouble
Dirty evening for the side of AC Milan. Guilty on the Bulgarian equalizer by losing his duel against Despodov, Florenzi suffered both defensively and offensively. With Di Lorenzo’s absence, he had a card to play to shake up the hierarchy at the right-back position, but this failed match against weak opposition will not plead in his favor. A shipwreck that pushed Mancini to get him out on time for Toloi, yet a central defender by training.
Italy’s purring attack
Sometimes sluggish at the Euro despite its great collective mastery, Italy has once again proved its lack of offensive margin. Apart from Chiesa, the Italian strikers distinguished themselves by their lack of accuracy and inspiration. The game has constantly leaned on the side of the evening scorer, even when he passed to the left. There is no rush but Mancini will have to find solutions to prevent himself from a Chiesa-addiction.