Spain is in the semifinals without displaying a brilliant and effective game, but if enough to pass over Switzerland and Croatia. In the semis, Italy awaits us light years away from these two teams that we have just named. The Italian team is showing that it has more than enough equipment to win this European Championship. Together with Germany they have the best midfield in Europe, one of the best defenders in the world and a forward that is performing like a charm. If the Spanish team wants to have real opportunities to get into the final, they will have to improve a lot in the following aspects:
First of all, in the match against Italy you will not have far from the incredible amount of chances that we have been sending into limbo throughout the entire tournament. Roberto Mancini’s team is a team that allows you very little, and if you want to be victorious in the duel you must be in tune on the few occasions that they grant. Gerard Moreno’s game yesterday was worrisome and Morata, despite his great work, is not characterized by his aim face to door.
Another worrying aspect is the little forcefulness of our defense on certain occasions. Laporte is performing at a high level, but Luis Enrique has yet to find a guarantee partner for him. Eric García played very well against Slovakia, but suffered with Croatia and Pau Torres has not yet had a good match in this European Championship. Despite all this, Villarreal’s is the one with the most ballots to occupy a position in the eleven.
Another important part is the formation for the exit of the ball. In some sections of the second half of the match against Switzerland, he positioned himself with three central centers and two wide open lanes to get the ball out. Given that one of the main dangers of this Italian team is the attack on the counterattack, it is very likely that Luis Enrique will bet again on that exit with three centrals, with Azpilicueta getting hooked in the right zone, to avoid that the team remains off the hook in case of loss in hazardous areas.
Concentration will also be an essential element to achieve the pass to the final. It will be a very difficult challenge, but there is nothing that this new, renewed and improved team cannot achieve.