There were criticisms, heavy retorts and the usual drama surrounding Coach Cesare Prandelli's squad selections for the World Cup 2014. Cristian Ledesma's representative called it "shameful" that his client hasn't been given a chance, Domenico Criscito's agent verged on the embarrassing with his continued attacks on Prandelli's choices and Pablo Osvaldo made it known he was "disappointed." Yet in fairness, no one has a right to complain, not when one takes into account the coach's vision and the success he has so far enjoyed as the Italian national team coach.
Preparing the squad both mentally and physically, Prandelli has explained that the team will focus on three formations: the 3-5-2, the 4-3-1-2 and the 4-5-1. The variants have been assessed by every newspaper; it seems the players who can can and will play in each formation are Gianluigi Buffon, Andrea Pirlo, Andrea Barzagli, Daniele De Rossi, Mario Balotelli and Giorgio Chiellini, the six untouchables. It is presumed the coach will depend on these undisputed starters regardless of the opponent or chosen formation.
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