Finally, the Eurocup began yesterday, a tournament that faces the best teams from the old continent, and the match that opened the can was nothing more and nothing less than Italy against Turkey. A priori, it seemed a more even game, as Turkey has a fairly solid team and Italy is not the star-studded team that it has been on other occasions.
But after a first half in which Italy controlled the ball but did not generate much danger, the changes and the fatigue of the Ottoman team, allowed the selection azzurra arrive with more danger and score three goals. This makes us think that Italy, which a priori did not start as favorites, could perfectly be a candidate to win the title.
Italy is not a team full of stars, so Mancini, the Italian coach, has focused on building a solid block capable of beating anyone, and he has succeeded. The Italians have been 9 games without conceding a single goal, and 27 games unbeaten. This explains very well the competitive capacity of the Mancini. The coach has built a system in which Chiellini and Bonucci, two huge center-backs, but with space problems, are very well protected. This defensive strength, added to the great moment in form of Donnarumma, the starting goalkeeper, makes the Azzurro team practically impregnable.
In addition, and despite the loss of Verratti, the team has players with a great treatment of the ball such as Jorginho or Barella, which allows the national team to control the game if the rival allows it. In addition, he has two of the most underrated forwards in the tournament, Immobile and Insigne. Especially the latter, who does not occupy many covers because he plays for Napoli, is an incredible player. Insigne is a mobile player, but also a combinatorial one, capable of assisting and drawing walls to dislodge the opponent’s systems. He also has a lot of goal, he has shown it this season by scoring 19 goals. Immobile, meanwhile, has scored 20 goals this season, and the previous one he scored 36.
In a selection in which the defensive block prevails, the fact of having two players capable of scoring on any occasion, allows them to be a clear candidate for the title, since it will be a difficult team to beat and very dangerous in attack.