Carlo Ancelotti is convinced Antonio Conte's decision to leave Andrea Pirlo out of Italy's Euro 2016 squad is mainly due to tactical reasons.
Pirlo won't be going to the Euros in France as he was ignored by the incoming Chelsea boss, and Ancelotti reckons the veteran midfielder won't fit into the system Conte is using at the moment.
"The current Italy team will have to find a good model of play that suits them because Conte does not have many star names and he has already lost Marco Verratti and Claudio Marchisio to injury," Ancelotti told The Telegraph.
"My guess is that Conte wants to play with a high intensity which is why he has not selected Pirlo.
"Obviously, I love Pirlo as a player. My God, what a talent. But playing for New York City in Major League Soccer means that he has grown accustomed to another kind of rhythm.
"He is 37 now and if his manager wants to play the pressing game then Pirlo is not the obvious choice.
"Even so, Pirlo spots a pass in a split-second that lesser players could spend a whole lifetime waiting to see.
"The key to Italy's success will be getting the tactical approach just right and they already have a strong defensive structure from the Juventus players in the squad."
Italy meet Sweden, Belgium and Republic of Ireland in Group E.
The Italians will also be missing Claudio Marchisio and Marco Verratti in midfield due to injury.