Eve of Italy-Spain, Euro2020 semi-final. Emerson Palmieri in place of Spinazzola, confirmation of Immobile. The coach does not like the decision to ban Wembley to foreign audiences
The sense of the eve is in the words of the coach Roberto Mancini who feels the tension «because otherwise it would not be such an important match. In the days before you prepare for the match, the tactics, but 24 hours before you touch the importance of the moment, that’s the beauty of these matches ». Italy-Spain is only to be played at this point, Wembley will open its doors to sixty thousand people who will enjoy the first semifinal on Tuesday evening at 21. Stadium full but empty of Italian and Spanish fans, (“very unfair” says the coach) why arrive in London at the time of the delta variant it is almost as difficult as hitting the European final. Italy is practically done: Emerson Palmieri will play in place of Spinazzola, who was operated on in Finland in the morning where he had his Achilles tendon broken in the match against Belgium. Then trust in Immobile, much criticized after the Monaco test (“but it is also always the Golden Boot and then in these tournaments it often happens that the most discussed one resolves the matches) and confirms Chiellini, certainly not his qualities but the physical condition, after the monster test against Lukaku.
Italy’s ball possession versus Spain’s ball possession, we are more vertical, more straight to straight. Them, more horizontal. How are we going to track them down? «They have won everything with this way of playing, ours will be slightly different, we are Italians and not Spaniards. We have to differentiate ourselves ». The praise to Luis Enrique, coach of the Red Furies who spent a year in Rome, completes a coward that if it were not the calendar to tell us would appear similar to that of a friendly match: “I like the way he coaches, his teams have always played very well . Regardless of the victories ». If the national team is in a bubble, the external environment after an initial skepticism has begun to gas up, squares and parades, predictions and superstitions. In short, to smell we already hear from Sunday evening at Wembley. An extra risk for the team? “We are 50 and 50, but let’s hope they are right for once.”
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