Bertolini: “Italy need to be more clinical at the Women’s World Cup, we won’t have a lot of chances”

Italy's goalless draw with Morocco leaves doubts in Milena Bertolini's mind ahead of her final Women's World Cup squad announcement, but she is taking some positives from what the younger players had to offer in Ferrara.

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Italy Women’s National Team coach Milena Bertolini acknowledged that the Azzurre will need to show a meaner side in front of goal at this summer’s 2023 Women’s World Cup after they were held to a goalless draw against Morocco in their final warm-up game before setting off for New Zealand.

Bertolini opted for an experimental Azzurre XI against Morocco, despite having no more games ahead of the Women’s World Cup kicking off in under three weeks’ time. Italy will debut at the tournament on July 24 against Argentina, 23 days after the game in Ferrara.

“I liked that the girls put what we have been working on in training into action,” Bertolini reflected after the goalless draw at the Stadio Paolo Mazza. “But we need to show more hunger and be more clinical in front of goal because we won’t have a lot of chances to score at the World Cup.

Azzurre pair Chiara Beccari and Martina Piemtone in action for the Italy Women’s National Team. (Photo: Getty)

Doubts remain around the Italy Women’s World Cup squad

Bertolini had said ahead of the game against Morocco that there were still some doubts that needed to be resolved ahead of the announcement of the final 23-player squad. At the moment, the Azzurre coach is working with a 32-player provisional squad and cuts will need to be made.

Likely with those in mind, the coach started Martina Piemonte, Chiara Beccari, Emma Severini, Benedetta Orsi and Francesca Durante in Ferrara, as well as bringing both Benedetta Glionna and 16-year-old Giulia Dragoni off the bench, with each of those likely to have been playing for a seat on the plane to New Zealand.

“There are still some doubts,” Bertolini admitted after the game. “But there were some positive signs too.

“They [the young players] went out there with the right attitude and the fearlessness that you expect from players of their age. Dragoni [currently with Barcelona Femeni having joined from Inter] is a real talent and it would be great to see a player like her playing in Italy.”

Azzurre coach Milena Bertolini poses with the Italy flag in celebration. (REUTERS/Alberto Lingria)

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