On Sunday, England and Italy will compete for continental glory in the Euro 2020 final.
England has been on the verge of winning a major international trophy for more than half a century. The Three Lions will face a tough Italian side that has produced some of the tournament’s most entertaining football.
England silenced their doubters by defeating Germany 2-0 in the Round of 16 after cruising to the knockout rounds. They thrashed Ukraine 4-0 in the quarterfinals before edging Denmark 2-1 in the semifinals thanks to a crucial goal in extra time.
In the Round of 16, Italy defeated Austria 2-1 before defeating Belgium 2-1 in the quarterfinals. The Azzurri were put to the test against Luis Enrique’s men in the shootout, but they prevailed.
Both teams have had several great performers and have deservedly qualified for the final. The match at Wembley promises to be a great spectacle. It’s tough to predict which way this one will go. However, we’re betting on England.
Without further ado, here are five reasons why Italy will struggle in the Euro 2020 final versus England.
Only one goal has been surrendered by England at Euro 2020.
At Euro 2020, England has been extremely difficult to break down. Gareth Southgate has been chastised in the past for being too cautious and pragmatic. He has gotten his squad to play a more daring form of football now, but not at the expense of defensive stability.
In six games at Euro 2020, England has only surrendered one goal. In the quarter-finals, Mikkel Damsgaard of Denmark scored an unstoppable straight free-kick. Harry Maguire and John Stones, England’s centre-backs, have been outstanding thus far and have truly risen to the occasion.
Declan Rice and Kalvin Phillips have been excellent in possession, sweeping up in front of the defense with tenacity. The frontline of Italy will face off against England.
Ciro Immobile’s form (number four)
Ciro Immobile was a standout performer for Italy in the group stage, scoring two goals and assisting on three occasions. In the knockout stages, though, he has not been able to match that form. The fact that he has not received adequate service has undoubtedly exacerbated the problem.
Italy will require flashes of brilliance to beat this English defense, and their striker hasn’t scored in the last three games doesn’t help matters. In fact, in the quarter-final match against Belgium, he was perhaps Italy’s weakest player. He squandered several opportunities throughout the game and hasn’t looked particularly sharp in recent appearances.
Most goals scored for #ITA In #EURO2020— Squawka Football (@Squawka) July 9, 2021
◉ Matteo Pessina (2)
◉ Manuel Locatell (2)
◉ Federico Chiesa (2)
◉ Ciro Immobile (2)
◉ Lorenzo Insigne (2)
The only team to have five players score 2+ goals this tournament. pic.twitter.com/dwRSMQQlT4