Italy's Cesare Prandelli Seems To Have Forgotten About Marco Verratti

By Riccardo Di Julio
Marco Verratti
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Despite his young age, former Pescara‘s midfielder Marco Verratti seems to have reached the highest level in the soccer world only one and a half year after having signed with Paris Saint-Germain. Not in vain, he is on his way to winning his third league in a row, considering his success in Italy’s Serie B before moving to the French Ligue 1.

Given the crisis that has hit Italian soccer in the last years, Verratti is now one of the only three Italian players who will probably be competing in this year’s Champions League quarterfinals. As a matter of fact, given AC Milan‘s poor chances of coming back against Atletico Madrid and with Domenico Criscito‘s Zenit unlikely to do the same against Borussia Dortmund, PSG will be the only remaining club with Italian players in the competition.

For the record, the other two Italians at the French club are goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu and the Brazilian-born midfielder Thiago Motta. However, it is the 20-year-old who is an authentic star among the three, especially because his future promises even more than his already strong current performances.

Despite all this, Italy‘s boss Cesare Prandelli still doesn’t seem to be very convinced about giving Verratti possibilities to establish himself with the team yet. After almost two years of being a regular starter in the Champions League, the player has only added four caps with the national team.

It is true that Verratti might not be ready for a major role on the national team yet, especially considering that his very same position is owned by none other than the great Andrea Pirlo, in addition to the other established midfielders in the roster. However, chances are that the young starlet has probably deserved to play more than what he has.

The best example of this took place in the friendly match against Spain last Wednesday. With Pirlo on the bench and Daniele De Rossi not even in the roster, Prandelli decided to line up Riccardo Montolivo and Claudio Marchisio. Later on, only Pirlo and Emanuele Giaccherini were given space in the game.

The manager seems to have wasted a great opportunity to test Verratti in an important international scenario, instead only lining up players who are already well known. Sure, it might have been the least ideal situation to evaluate the overall preparation of the player before the upcoming World Cup, but Verratti deserves a chance.

Riccardo Di Julio is a Soccer Writer for Follow him on Twitter @Italcatenaccio and add him to your network on Google.

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