“Who will win the European? Italy! “. The prediction is not a very enthusiastic fan of the Azzurri by Roberto Mancini, but of a historical opponent of our football: Chris Waddle, who played in the English national team in Italy ’90 and who at club level wore the Marseille shirt, challenging the Milan in the Champions Cup.
In a poll conducted by the BBC of its main commentators, almost all former England internationals, Waddle did not have many doubts: “Who will win the European Championship? I would like to be able to say that England will win it, but I choose Italy. I’ve watched it several times and I really like the way it is Roberto Mancini organized the offensive game. It is not the typical Italian team that closes in defense and tries to score a goal on the break. The Azzurri know how to handle the ball well and in any case do not concede anything in defense: it will really take a great team to eliminate them! ”.
The prediction of the former midfielder goes in the same direction as that of bookmaker, who bet on the fact that Azzurri can close the tournament undefeated. Roberto Mancini is approaching the record of Vittorio Pozzo, which came up with a useful streak of 30 games. This national team can even surpass it, according to i betting analyst by Sisal Matchpoint: the possibility that Italy closes the tournament unbeaten is given to 3 times the mail. And this, of course, increases the expectation of fans towards the tournament.
Compared to the other teams in the running for the title, the most popular is the France, predicted to win by former British champions such as Shearer, Lineker, Rio Ferdinand, Murphy, Nevin is Green. Also really like the Belgium of Romelu Lukaku (pointed to by Alex Scott and Micah Richards) and a little less there Germany. Curiously, no one points to theEngland, while Ashley Williams surprisingly points to the Turkey, Italy’s first opponent on Friday 11 June at the Olimpico in Rome. Of course we hope that he is wrong… and that Chris Waddle is right!
Italy-Turkey: the predictions of the bookmakers
1990/91 European Cup: Chris Waddle with Marseille against Milan