July 26, 2021

European Football Championship: Italy is targeting the final

After the performances shown, the self-confidence in Italy is just as great as the fun and confidence for the trial of strength in the semifinals. “Now Spain is waiting for us, a great team,” said Leonardo Bonucci. “But we keep dreaming, with our feet on the ground.” The team of coach Roberto Mancini is supposed to take the team to its first major title since the 2006 World Cup.

“I am very proud to be able to train this team,” said Mancini, who took over the selection after the missed World Cup in 2018 and made it a candidate for the title again. The “Corriere dello Sport” enthused: “Mister Italia: Mancini has made a whole country fall in love with him.” The team has been unbeaten for 32 games and has recently celebrated 13 wins in a row.

Italy against Spain for the final

On Tuesday, a hit is about the first ticket to the final. Italy and Spain match at Wembley Stadium.

European Championship defeats against Spain in 2008 and 2012

After a few training sessions in Florence, the team flew to London on Monday. The seriously injured Leonardo Spinazzola, who tore an Achilles tendon against Belgium and has to take a long break, was emotionally bid farewell from the team quarters. “This is what sets us apart from the other teams: we sacrifice each other for the other, so we can go far,” said Insigne.

In the past three European Championship tournaments, the great football powers met each other, only in 2016 did the “Squadra Azzurra” prevail in the round of 16. In 2008 and 2012 the Spaniards were the final destination, the 0: 4 in the European Championship final of 2012 was particularly bitter. That should not happen this year. Goalie Gianluigi Donnarumma promised: “We deserved it, now we’re playing the semi-finals. We carry on and hope to make our dream come true. “

For Spain, too, only the final counts

But Spain also pays off opportunities. “It would be ridiculous to think that we or any of the semi-finalists would be satisfied with just getting this far,” said team boss Luis Enrique: “We all want to get into the final and win.” Spain must be fresh and confident in the semi-finals walk. “We have to win the European Championship now,” demanded goalie Unai Simon.

After the victories against Croatia and Switzerland, Spain and Italy are facing the toughest task so far. “Whoever the opponent is, we have to trust the idea of ​​our football. Italy have great players, but so do we, ”said the Real Sociedad player. Success should be achieved through possession of the ball. The Spaniards have 67.2 percent ball possession so far – by far the highest value. The accuracy of fit is 89.4 percent. But Italy’s statistics can also be seen in these areas with 55.8 and 88.4 percent.