Immobile, so the European becomes a utopia. Never this bad since he returned to Italy

Immobile, so the European becomes a utopia. Never this bad since he returned to Italy
Immobile, so the European becomes a utopia. Never this bad since he returned to Italy

Ciro Immobile is experiencing one of the most complicated seasons of his career. At 34 years old, the striker from Torre Annunziata is probably at a crossroads: he must understand whether this performance is the exclusive result of his advancing age, whether it is the consequence of a project that has come to a natural conclusion or, perhaps, simply the effect of a negative season . It’s difficult to say from the outside, but yesterday’s performance at the Allianz Stadium – the first from the start with Tudor on the bench – was a bit of a reflection of his season. Neutralized by the Juventus defense and without even too many worries.

And to think that the season began with a completely different perspective. In September, on the occasion of Luciano Spalletti’s first call-ups as coach, Immobile was appointed captain of Italy. “Until the European Championships, the captain’s armband will belong to Immobile. Then we’ll see if we can mix something up,” said Luciano Spalletti last September 8th. It’s a shame that from that moment on Immobile didn’t set foot in Coverciano again and it wasn’t the fault of the coach: in the current Serie A he scored six goals, ten in total including the Cups. A goal average not like Immobile, a center forward who for six years regularly crossed the threshold of 20 goals per season, reaching 41 in 2018 and then 39 two years later.

That of these months is a performance that has not been seen since the years in which he decided to leave Italy to embrace Borussia Dortmund first and then Sevilla. A performance that further removes the possibility of seeing him in Luciano Spalletti’s list of 23 for the next European Championship: with matches like last night’s, his call-up can be ruled out.

 
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