After a dull-as-dull-can-be draw with Poland which featured Federico Chiesa providing a much-need spark from the bench, the Italian press demanded to see the youngster in the starting lineup against Portugal. Roberto Mancini agreed, and so Fede got the start. Unfortunately, the team around him was not exactly designed to bring out his best (Simone Zaza on the other wing), and he was lackluster at best.
We’ve spent plenty of time talking about whether or not we care if Fiorentina players excel when they represent their countries. On the one hand, it keeps them in match form during the international break and can add a lot of confidence and joy. On the other hand, the odds of injury or exhaustion are significant, and there’s always the concern that some mega-rich team will be impressed by a player’s displays for his country and arrive with a massive offer. And now, for Chiesa, there’s the added weight of media expectations that he should be Italy’s savior, even as that same media lambast him for not single-handedly winning a match against the reigning European Cup champions.
How much do you care what Fede does for the Azzurri?
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Couldn’t care less. As long as he’s on point and available for Fiorentina, it doesn’t matter to me at all.
I want him to do well for Italy insomuch as I like Fede and want him to be happy, but his performance for the Viola is more important.
They’re about equally important to me, in that I take Italy losses just as hard as Fiorentina losses and recognize that Chiesa is a protagonist for both teams.
I’d rather see him tear it up for Italy and lead the Azzurri back to glory than burn himself out trying to carry Fiorentina to the Champions League.
I only care about the Azzurri and have no idea how I even got to this website that’s not about that topic at all.
Debate this, and any other random thing that’s on your mind this weekend, in the comments below. Happy Friday, everyone.