Italian media have praised Manuel Locatelli and Federico Chiesa for their performance when Italy beat Belgium and finished third in the Nations League final.
The Azzurri had suffered a heartbreak in the semifinals when Spain beat them 2-1 to end their 37-game unbeaten streak.
They wanted at least third place in the competition and Belgium were tough opponents.
But Roberto Mancini’s men held their own and returned to winning ways with goals from Nicolo Barella and a penalty from Domenico Berardi.
Chiesa and Locatelli are integral parts of the Italian national team and have proven themselves in the game.
Both started the game with Locatelli, who played the entire game, while Chiesa was made off late and replaced by Federico Bernardeschi.
Tuttomercatoweb rates Chiesa 7.5 out of 10 and praises him for continuing to torment the Belgian defense.
He also gave Thibaut Courtois a lot of work and earned the penalty Italy scored to make it 2-0
You used Locatelli in the “control room” according to the report and he did an admirable job.
They rated his performance 6.5 / 10 and said he had “positive, orderly and precise performance”.
Hopefully these players will now return to Juve and help them keep their unbeaten run.