Arsenal star Paul Merson has backed Italy to beat Belgium in their Euro 2020 quarter-final showdown on Friday in his exclusive essay for Sportskeeda. Merson feels Roberto Mancini’s team has the attacking potency to exploit Belgium’s defensive flaws and secure the victory.
Belgium defeated Portugal 1-0 in the Round of 16 to set up a match against Italy, who defeated Austria in extra time.
Both Italy and Belgium are undefeated in Euro 2020, but no team has been flawless, and Merson feels that the Italian strikers can exploit the Belgian defenders’ shortcomings.
“Italy has fantastic forwards, and you’re always in with a chance when you have someone like Chiesa coming off the bench to score late goals,” he wrote.
Turkey, Wales and Switzerland but were given a run for their money by Austria. They passed their litmus test in the Round of 16 against a robust team and now that they have the monkey off their backs, they’ll be better off going into the bigger games of the tournament.”
“Belgium’s defense did well against Portugal and effectively proved that age doesn’t matter, but I’d fancy a victory for Italy this weekend.”
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.Euro 2020 expert Lorenzo Insigne is Italy’s X-factor versus Belgium, according to Paul Merson.
Jorginho has played a key role in Italy’s Euro 2020 triumph so far. The Chelsea midfielder has been at the center of the majority of Italy’s attempts and has been praised for his efforts.
Paul Merson, on the other hand, believes that Lorenzo Insigne is the guy to watch tonight. The Arsenal veteran believes the Napoli midfielder will be able to exploit gaps in Belgium’s defense and assist his side reach the Euro 2020 semi-finals.
Merson wrote, “Lorenzo Insigne enjoys playing in those pleasant small places and can work between the lines to produce important complications.” “The Belgians are known for bombing forward, but they will be torn between attacking and tracking back to remain with him. In the end, it’ll be like a game of cards, and I suspect Belgium will be more concerned about Insigne than the other way around.”