August 6, 2021

Emerson Palmieri in place of Spinazzola. Sarabria does not recover

“If we and Spain got here, it is because we deserved it. The percentages are in the middle ». Roberto Mancini, in the usual pre-match press conference, does not unbutton. And it throws water on the fire of the easy enthusiasm of those who think that the Azzurri are already with one foot in the final of Euro 2020.

The stakes are very high, as well as the desire for revenge towards the opponents of all time is very strong. Iberians that, in the last 9 years, we have overtaken once (at the 2016 European Championships) and from which, very often, we have only managed to remedy sound lessons in play.

Tonight’s race at Wembley (9 pm, live on Rai 1 and Sky Sport Uno), this time, however, it will confront two of the national teams that have been most renewed in the last two years. Quite young teams, no prima donna, solid group and desire to amaze are some of the most evident characteristics of Azzurri and Spagnoli.

The Red Furies, while not starting with the favors of the prediction, have been able to make use of all the lucky opportunities that have arisen: both in the round of 16, defeating Croatia in extra time and in the next round, when they managed to fold only on penalties the surprising Switzerland.

The match will be refereed by the German Felix Brych, the same one who recently directed Ukraine-England who will use compatriots Borsch and Lupp as assistants. Fourth official was the Russian Karasev, Marco Fritz at VAR.


With the exception of Spinazzola, who finished yesterday under the knife due to the injury to the Achilles tendon, Roberto Mancini will be able to count on all the staff available. Barring unforeseen events at the very last moment, our Technical Commissioner intends to confirm the starting line-up against Belgium, with the only (and necessary) exception of Emerson Palmieri, low left. In front of Donnarumma and together with the Chelsea full-back, in fact, Di Lorenzo, Bonucci and Chiellini will act. In the median, there is space for the trio of wonders formed by Barella, Jorginho and Verratti, while in front Chiesa-Immobile-Insigne.


Very clear ideas also for Luis Enrique on the formation to be sent to the field against our national team. Very confirmed Unai Simon between the posts, in the back pack Azpilicueta will act as right back with Jordi Alba on the opposite side and the Pau Torres-Laporte couple in the center. In midfield, the experience of the duo Koke-Basquets will merge with the inspiration of the very green Pedri, while in attack it will again be Dani Olmo’s turn to replace the injured Sarabria. Together with the Leipzig player, Ferran Torres and, of course, the Juventus player Morata.

ITALY (4-3-3): Donnarumma; Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Emerson; Barella, Jorginho, Verratti; Church, Building, Insigne. Available: Sirigu, Meret, Acerbi, Bastoni, Toloi, Locatelli, Pessina, Bernardeschi, Cristante, Berardi, Belotti, Raspadori. Coach: Mancini.

SPAIN (4-3-3): Unai Simon; Azpilicueta, Laporte, Pau Torres, Jordi Alba; Koke, Busquets, Pedri; Ferran Torres, Morata, D. Olmo. Available: De Gea, Sanchez, Garcia, Gayà, Rodri, Traoré, Thiago Alcantara, Ruiz, M. Llorente, Gerard Moreno, Oyarzabal. All .: Luis Enrique.

Last updated: Tuesday 6 July 2021, 17:41