Everything indicates that Emerson Palmieri will be the one to replace Leonardo Spinazzola in the Italian eleven in Tuesday’s semifinal against Spain, who suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon in the quarterfinal match against Belgium that will keep him out for a long period of time . Spinazzola’s injury is a great blow for the team led by Roberto Mancini, since the Roma side had starred in a stellar performance in this European Championship.
Spinazzola has been one of the great destabilizing factors of the Mancini team. The Italian fans believe that, although Emerson is not going through a bad time, he only played 2 Premier matches with Chelsea last season, 15 counting all competitions, he will not contribute what the injured Spinazzola was contributing to the team on an offensive level. The “blue” player was already the one who relieved the Roma side when he was injured against Belgium. In the Champions League final won by Chelsea against Manchester City (1-0) he entered the 79 ‘by Hakim Ziyech.
Everything indicates that Mancini will maintain against Spain, except for the entry of Emerson by Spinazzola, at the same eleven that starred such a good performance against Belgium, including Federico Chiesa as part of the offensive trident along with Ciro Immobile and Lorenzo Insigne. Although he did not shine before the “red devils” of Roberto Martínez, he points out that Immobile will be the starter.
The only doubt (regardless of whether it is confirmed that Emerson enters through Spinazzola) resides, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, on the right side, where Giovanni Di Lorenzo showed signs of some fatigue. Alessandro Florenzi is almost recovered and Rafael Toloi also has an option if Mancini decides not to keep Di Lorenzo, the Naples side.
The most likely line-up for Italy against Spain would be: Donarumma; Di Lorenzo (or Florenzi or Toloi), Bonucci, Chiellini, Emerson; Barella, Jorginho, Verratti; Chiesa, Immobile and Insigne