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01/28/2014
 

It was an interesting week in the world of Serie A as some big matches ensured that there would be plenty to talk about. With Juventus meeting Lazio at the Olimpico, there would be tons of attention on more than just a handful of Italian national team players. Antonio Conte's selection allowed the likes of Angelo Ogbonna and Leonardo Bonucci to prove their worth and show why they deserve a spot in Brazil. Along with Bonucci and Ogbonna, Juventus also started a couple of other Italian nationals in Gigi Buffon and Andrea Barzagli.

 

Gigi Buffon helped lead Italy to a World Cup victory in 2006, as well as Euro Final in 2012. However, he would not lead Juventus very long in this one as he was sent off in the 24th minute. It was a clear foul and the veteran Buffon is usually much smarter. Despite the weekend's slip up, Buffon will be Italy's number 1 come Brazil. Even without Buffon, the all-Italian back 3 impressed for Juventus as they would not allow a single goal to be scored after the resulting PK was converted from the Buffon incident. Barzagli, Ogbonna, and Bonucci, held their own and should all be in Prandelli's 23 man roster for the World Cup.

 

Elsewhere, Alessandro Diamanti was able to rescue a point for Bologna with a late equalizer against Sampdoria. Diamanti was on the verge of a move to Marcello Lippi's Guangzhou Evergrande of the Chinese Super League, but the deal collapsed over fears the Chinese club would not be able to pay the player. Diamante featured for the Azzurri in Euro 2012 as well as the Confederations Cup last year, and looks set to be a part of Prandelli's World Cup plans as well. 

 

Another of Prandelli's favourites Alessio Cerci converted from the spot to score the only goal in Torino's match against Atalanta. Cerci has been a vital part of Torino's success this season and one would expect to see him in Brazil as well. His teammate, Ciro Immobile, has also been making a splash of late, but he was unable to bury his opportunity from the spot. Immobile is a top young talent in Italy and did very well with the U-21 side at last year's Euros, but with the likes of Lorenzo Insigne and Alessandro Florenzi shining elsewhere, a spot in Prandelli's side may be out of reach for the youngster.

 

 
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