Ciro Immobile and Lorenzo Insigne put on a show against Fluminense on Sunday, in Italy's last warm up match ahead of their World Cup opener against England. The former Pescara teammates, scored a combined total of five goals, and their chemistry together is undeniable. The two could provide head coach, Cesare Prandelli, with some alternatives to Mario Balotelli, if the striker finds himself struggling in Brazil.
Immobile may have just secured his move to Borussia Dortmund from Torino for £15.6 million, but that hasn't distracted him in Brazil at all. This year's Capocannoniere had three goals and set up both of Insigne's goal, as the Azzurri strolled past Fluminense 5-3. Many have been suggesting that Immobile deserves a starting spot after the year he had in Serie A, and although Fluminense is far from the competition they will face on Saturday against England, Immobile really did help his case for playing time in Brazil.
Contrary to the impressive performance up front, was the shaky play of the makeshift defense. Italy's back four on Sunday consisted of Ignazio Abate, Andrea Ranocchia, Gabriel Paletta, and Matteo Darmian. Fortunately for the Azzurri, the back four that played against Fluminense will never be seen in the World Cup, as Ranocchia isn't even on the final 23 man roster, and none of Abate, Ranocchia, or Darmian, are likely to start.
Italy have struggled in pre-tournament warm-ups, but will be happy to have gotten a win on Sunday, even if it was only against the second best club team in Brazil. There were many positives that came out of the match from an Azzurri standpoint, including the chemistry that Immobile and Insigne still have.
The two players were both born and raised in Napoli, played together at Pescara, and nearly won the U21 European Championship together last year. They both seem ready to step up big and could be a massive boost for Italy coming off the bench late in matches.
Italy Starting Lineup:
Perin; Abate, Ranocchia, Paletta, Darmian; Thiago Motta, Parolo, Aquilani (c), Cerci; Immobile, Insigne.