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Di Biagio’s Three Major Azzurri Snubs

Di Biagio’s Three Major Azzurri Snubs

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1) Mattia Caldara (Atalanta) –

Dortmund’s Michy Batshuayi (R) and Bergamo’s Mattia Caldara vie for the ball during the UEFA Europa League round of 32, first leg football match of Germany’s Borussia Dortmund vs Italy’s Atalanta Bergamo on February 15, 2018 in Dortmund, western Germany. / AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZ (Photo credit should read PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images)

The young defender has picked up where he left off last season and has been in sensational form for Atalanta, establishing himself as a key figure in gli Orobici’s Europa League campaign. This season, Caldara has arguably been the best centre-back in the league alongside the likes of Alessio Romagnoli and Milan Skriniar. Capable of playing in a back three or four, the 23-year-old would have been an ideal option for an Azzurri side looking to rebuild with youth. In theory, low-pressure friendly clashes against quality opposition like these would have been a good platform for Caldara to earn his stripes and take his first steps with the senior setup.

The inclusion of Sampdoria’s Gian Marco Ferrari – albeit in form – becomes even more of a head-scratcher  when you consider the Atalanta man was left home. Caldara has made 28 appearances in all competitions, scoring three goals and adding two assists in the process.

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