I hope it works for them because Poland and USA will be their opponent. I hope they get knocked out this OQT. I don't think the newly revived Pietrini can carry this team.
Besides chemistry issues, on paper Italy even with Antropova can easily defeat both Poland and USA, roster-wise ITA is still better than POL.
But considering that Italy will make it to the OG regardless due to ranking - it's better for Italy perhaps to lose OQT, and I'm not saying that as a Pole.
Normally I wouldn't believe in such rumors, but considering that Mazzanti said that his goal was to control the team once again, and then he said in an interview that no one else knows what's happening on a team as a response to Santarelli (well, he probably knows everything about what's happening inside) - then it may be truth.