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Gabriel Paletta showed why Cesare Prandelli has decided to make him an Italian international.
The Argentine-born centre-back was tremendous for the most part, with some fine distribution out from the back to give the Crociati the foundation to build large spells of possession.
The 28-year-old completed 96 percent of his passes, per WhoScored.com, which was the highest accuracy from all starters on the pitch from both sides.
Furthermore, according to WhoScored.com, he made five interceptions, five tackles and seven interceptions, blocked two shots and won four aerial duels to complete a superb defensive display.
It was ironic that he was excellent at the Juventus Stadium, the home of Angelo Ogbonna, who will likely miss out on a World Cup place due to a poor decision to join the Bianconeri—a side he had very little hope of gaining a regular place in the line-up.
Ogbonna's loss is Paletta's gain, and the Parma stalwart will be an excellent option for the Azzurri this summer, based on this form.