Roberto Mancini’s second match in charge of the Italian National Team ended in a 3-1 defeat but there were some promising moments from a young and inexperienced Azzurri.
Here are the Italy player ratings.
Salvatore Sirigu (7): The Torino number one had a good game in between the sticks tonight and made a brilliant save late in the match to keep the score at 3-1. It is promising for Mancini to always be able to rely on Sirigu should an injury ever occur to both Donnarumma and Perin.
Danilo D’Ambrosio (5): Not the best performance for the Inter man who was constantly caught out of position and he simply couldn’t deal with the pace of Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele.
Mattia Caldara (5.5): A debut to forget for the youngster who looked lost at times, however he was able to put in a few solid challenges. Caldara will improve on this under the management of Massimiliano Allegri at Juventus next season.
Leonardo Bonucci (8): The Milan and Italy Captain didn’t put a foot wrong tonight, Bonucci was dominant with his tackles and his range of passing was brilliant. “Leo” was first to react from a Balotelli free-kick as he scored his 6th international goal.
Mattia De Sciglio (5): Just like D’Ambrosio the Juventus Defender was unable to cope with the pace of Kylian Mbappe and as an experienced member of the side he will be disappointed with his performance.
Lorenzo Pellegrini (5): Not the best of matches for the Roma Midfielder as he gave the ball away and committed a number of fouls.
Jorginho (5.5): The Napoli Midfielder seemed to do more shouting than passing tonight. Jorginho was unable to have any influence in the game.
Rolando Mandragora (5.5): A debut match for Mandragora but his inexperience was clear to see, nevertheless he worked hard all game and he will have gained a lot of experience from this match. The potential is there if Mandragora is given regular playing time in Serie A.
Domenico Berardi (5.5): Another debutant, Berardi struggled to get involved in the game but at times showed his potential with a few good runs and some excellent set-pieces. He must leave Sassuolo for one of the top six in Serie A if he is to reach the level he should.
Mario Balotelli (7.5): Another good performance from Super Mario, in his home stadium of Nice, who once again showed why he should be the starting Striker for the Azzurri. Balotelli’s link-up play was fantastic and his work rate was impressive once again. The former Inter and Milan Striker hit a powerful free-kick which stung the palms of Hugo Lloris who gifted a goal to Leonardo Bonucci.
Federico Chiesa (7.5): The 20 year-old winger was direct with his runs and caused the French Defence trouble all evening. His link-up play with Balotelli was impressive as well. A very promising performance from Chiesa.
Bryan Cristante (6): Replaced Pellegrini in the 65th minute and put in a solid shift.
Lorenzo Insigne (6.5): Despite only playing 17 minutes, Insigne played very well. The Napoli Winger put in a lovely through ball for Balotelli and ran the length of the pitch beating French Defenders in impressive style.
Alessandro Florenzi (6): Played the last 15 minutes at Right-Back and slotted in the defence nicely.
Giacomo Bonaventura (6): Came on too late to really have any impact but showed a nice passing range.
Andrea Belotti (N/A): Il Gallo was brought on too late to merit any sort of rating.
Davide Zappacosta (N/A): Just like Belotti, Zappacosta didn’t have any time to show anything and therefore his performance doesn’t merit a rating.