Italy vs Liechtenstein: Picking Roberto Mancini’s Best Available Azzurri Lineup

Italy will welcome Liechtenstein to the Stadio Ennio Tardini on Tuesday in the second game of their European qualification campaign.

After their impressive 2-0 win over Finland, Roberto Mancini will be expecting another comprehensive result against the side ranked 181st in the world.

Here’s how Italy could line up on Tuesday. 

1. Goalkeeper & Defenders

Gianluigi Donnarumma

Gianluigi Donnarumma (GK) – The towering AC Milan goalkeeper cannot afford to be complacent on Tuesday against a Liechtenstein side who will likely be looking to score from counter-attacks.

Cristiano Piccini (RB) – As the only recognised right-back in the squad, expect Piccini to retain his place in the lineup.

Leonardo Bonucci (CB) – Bonucci has dominated with Juventus in Serie A, and he will look to carry over that form onto the international stage.

Alessio Romagnoli (CB) – Widely viewed as one of the Azzurri’s hottest defensive prospects, Romagnoli will likely get his chance to prove himself as 34-year-old Giorgio Chiellini gets a deserved rest.

Leonardo Spinazzola LB) – Mancini could give the nod to Spinazzola on Tuesday after Cristiano Biraghi started ahead of him against Finland. 

2. Midfielders


Jorginho (DM) – The Chelsea playmaker will likely be given plenty of time to work his magic in midfield, and Liechtenstein could be in for a long night of chasing his passes.

Nicolo Barella (CM) – The 22-year-old looks to be fighting for a place in Italy’s midfield for the foreseeable future, and his early goal against Finland could earn him another start on Tuesday.

Nicolo Zaniolo (CM) – The rumoured Real Madrid target was a late substitute last time out, but will likely be given an extended run out against Liechtenstein.

3. Forwards

Moise Kean

Federico Bernardeschi (RW) – The Juventus man will be eyeing a busy afternoon, and certainly could be involved in many of Italy’s attacks.

Fabio Quagliarella (ST) – Like a fine wine, Fabio Quagliarella gets better with age. Now 36, the Sampdoria hitman is ahead of both Cristiano Ronaldo and Krzysztof Piatek in the Serie A scoring charts, and he could add plenty more to his international record on Tuesday.

Moise Kean (LW) – Is there a hotter commodity in Italian football right now than Moise Kean? The 19-year-old grabbed his first international goal on Saturday, and looks to be proving why many have tipped him for stardom.


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