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In view of the Euro 2020 final at Wembley, the British fear Roberto Mancini’s Italy and in particular its defensive solidity, combined with the direction of Jorginho and the unstoppable speed of Federico Chiesa.
While obsessively repeating that “It’s coming home” that from Euro ’96 to today has never brought great luck to their national team, the English have a great respect for Italy, which the coach Gareth Southgate he defined “the most uncomfortable opponent that could have happened to us in the final”.
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This can be understood from the analysis of the pretigious Guardian, who x-rays every single department and every single player. The report cards are exceptional: 9 in the defense and in the midfield and 8 in the attack, especially due to the poor form of Ciro Immobile, which the British are not very fond of because of his simulation with Belgium.
The strip of 33 consecutive useful results, but also an unbeaten run lasting almost 1,000 minutes impresses the Guardian, who praises the very young talent of Gigi Donnarumma, but above all the experience of the central couple Chiellini-Bonucci. The article reads: “When Chiellini stepped off the pitch with an injury against Switzerland in the second group stage match, it was hard to imagine that the 36-year-old would lead his team into the final 25 days later, but that’s what he will do. Sunday”. The only weak point, the absence of Spinazzola, does not drop the grade below 9.
Same vote also for the midfield trio, where “Jorginho, in particular, he is playing a superb tournament, dominating the game with his passing ability and his cunning positioning ”. However, the Guardian, “The trio struggled against Spain. The team of Luis Enrique he made sure that Italy could not keep the ball for long and this bothered the Azzurri a lot. A move that Gareth Southgate he will try to replicate in the final ”.
The vote for the blue attack is “only” an 8, especially because “Ciro Immobile he was the protagonist at the start of the tournament, but after two goals in the first two games he fell out of shape and seems to be losing self-esteem. He was widely made fun of for having simulated an injury against Belgium, only to jump to his feet when Italy scored, but then started starting against Spain and it is expected that the same will also happen against England ”. However, “as the shares of Immobile went down, those of Federico Chiesa. The 23-year-old Juventus winger was a breath of fresh air, always determined and ready to challenge his opponents, he has already signed two goals in the European Championships, such as Lorenzo Insigne, the wonderful Napoli winger who plays on the left ”.
It even deserves a 10 in the report card Roberto Mancini, because “it is easy to forget what dramatic position Italy had in 2018, when it took over from Gian Piero Ventura, who had failed to qualify for the world championship for the first time since 1958 ”. Only 8 is awarded since Guardian the breadth of choices in the blue rose, while acknowledging that Locatelli, Sticks is Unripe they made an excellent contribution when called upon. In our opinion, our colleagues from across the Channel are wrong, underestimating the quality of those Azzurri who cannot be defined as “second choices”. Let’s hope that their players make the same mistake – and maybe others too – on Sunday.