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Gigi Buffon (background) and Mattia De Sciglio will likely be pieces regardless of who the coach will be.
It's impossible to figure out what kind of team the Italians will be until their new coach is named.
The favorites for the job are former Roma and Zenit St. Petersburg manager Luciano Spalletti, former Inter and Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini and recently available former Juventus coach Antonio Conte. Whoever does take the job will have to answer some big questions like these:
What will be done with Italy's veterans?
Goalkeeper and captain Gianluigi Buffon will be 38 by the time the Euro proper comes around.
He is not the pure shot-stopper that he was eight years ago when he dominated the 2006 World Cup. That said, he showed in Italy's final World Cup game against Uruguay that he can still stymie the world's best strikers.
He pulled a spectacular double save in the first half and denied Luis Suarez in a one-on-one after the striker had been sent clean through on goal.
Without him, Italy would have been out of the game much, much sooner. He has no equal in the ability to organize a defense and is still better as a complete goalkeeper than all but a handful of men in the world.
On the other hand, Salvatore Sirigu handled his short-notice understudy appearance in the opener against England with elan and has been excellent at PSG since his arrival from Palermo.
There will be a lot of push to completely reinvent the team, including the squad. The decision must be made as to whether Buffon will lead the team through the Euros or step aside.
The captain isn't the only older player who observers may push to purge.
Daniele De Rossi will be 33 by the time play begins in France.
Midfield maestro Andrea Pirlo, the linchpin of the team's attack for more than a decade, softened his stance on international retirement after the World Cup. But he'll be 37 in 2016, the extreme conditions in Brazil obviously took a toll on him and his clear successor, Marco Verratti, showed at the World Cup that he is absolutely ready to carry the team.
The question of experience vs. youth is always tough for national teams, especially in the situation that the Azzurri find themselves in with one generation winding down their careers and the next not yet fully emerged.
The new coach will have to decide if these players—key pieces for so many years—can still contribute or if they're done.
What to do with Mario Balotelli?
Mario Balotelli is one of the most maddening players in Italian history. He is probably the most gifted forward Italy have, but he can check out at the most inopportune times. Like the World Cup when his country's hopes rest on his shoulder.
Balotelli's form with AC Milan last season wasn't all that great. Few players were exemplary for the Rossoneri last term, but there were warning signs that he wasn't in a good phase. They turned out to be prophetic.
After his game-winning goal against England, he missed two clear chances against Costa Rica. Then his service dried up. As is so often the case in that situation, Bad Mario came out. Frustrated and out of control, he earned his second booking of the tournament against Uruguay and was hauled off at half-time.
There are options beyond him. Ciro Immobile could be given the chance to truly shine as an international. Giuseppe Rossi could have been a difference-maker at the World Cup but was left off the roster due to fitness concerns. Mattia Destro had a fine season at Roma and could be the country's next breakout star.
Balotelli has all the talent in the world, but it means nothing if his head isn't on straight. The next coach will have to decide whether to give him some time out of the setup to get himself right or whether to rely on him again. The former option is likely the better one.