Italy have won five after five games. “We did a perfect series. Even if Spain struggled in the tournament, that doesn’t count anymore, ”said defender Leonardo Bonucci. Team boss Roberto Mancini said: “We know that it will not be so easy, that we need a great game.” The Iberians have dominated football in recent years. “The Tiqui-Taca football has brought them extraordinary success, they still play it very well,” said the coach. “Our football is different, we will try to get our game through.”
The same applies, of course, to Spain. “They’re also a team that wants the ball. But our goal is clear: We need the ball, we want the ball, ”said team boss Luis Enrique, thus setting the route. According to UEFA statistics, the Spaniards have launched 365 attacks at the European Championship so far. 69 more than Italy, 235 more than England.
Italy against Spain for the final
On Tuesday, a classic is about the first final ticket. Italy and Spain duel at Wembley Stadium.
Efficiency required against Italy
However, the Spaniards’ ideas were not effective. A goalscorer is far and wide in sight. Although the “Furia Roja” scored twelve goals in the course of the tournament, no player got more than two. Gerard Moreno, who scored 23 goals in 33 games of the season in La Liga for Europa League winner Villarreal, has so far been without a hit at all. Like Ferran Torres, Alvaro Morata wrote twice.
Enrique had her back to support them. “It’s pretty obvious what Morata and Gerard went through. They are both my players and I admire them both, ”said the former attacking player. Moreno noted after the quarter-finals promotion over Switzerland in the penalty shootout: “Yes, we had a lot of chances. It’s about staying mentally strong. “
Efficiency required against Italy
Efficiency will be required, especially against Italy, because the defense of the “Squadra Azzurra” will not allow many chances. Captain Giorgio Chiellini (36) and Bonucci (34) form the aging, but almost unbreakable central defense of the Italians. Only when the opponent picks up the pace does Italy seem vulnerable. But that is precisely what does not correspond to Spanish philosophy.
European Football Championship, semi-finals
9 p.m., live on ORF1:
Italy – Spain
London, Wembley Stadium, SR Brych (GER)
Italy: Donnarumma – Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Emerson – Barella, Jorginho, Verratti – Church, Immobile, Insigne
Spain: Simon – Azpilicueta, Garcia, Laporte, Alba – Koke, Busquets, Pedri – Moreno, Morata, Olmo
Once the defensive has been overcome, Gianluigi Donnarumma is still one of the best goalies at this tournament. With Leonardo Spinazzola, however, one of the strongest players in Italy has been eliminated. The left-back with a strong offensive urge tore his Achilles tendon against Belgium without outside interference. Emerson should replace him.
Captain Busquets as a key figure
In any case, the Spaniards have to find a way to get past the defensive. Enrique can be trusted. The 51-year-old tactical fox plays in the 4-3-3 system, although Dani Olmo could return to the starting line-up in the semifinals. The key figure will once again be Sergio Busquets. The captain is the last representative of the great generation that became world champions in 2010 and European champions in 2012. “It’s spectacular to play by his side,” said midfielder Pedri.
Mancini is once again building on the offensive trio of Ciro Immobile, Lorenzo Insigne and Federico Chiesa, who have scored five goals together so far. In midfield, Marco Verratti should ensure the necessary ball wins against the passable Spaniards. “The further you get, the more difficult it gets,” warned Italy’s team boss.
Duel with a lot of EM tradition
In any case, the duel between the two teams is already a tradition at a European Championship. Spain and Italy will meet for the seventh time in a European final. The balance is balanced with two wins and two draws. However, the Spaniards celebrated the most important success in the 2012 final after a dominant performance with a 4-0 victory. Moreno is convinced that it will be much more difficult in London. “Details will make all the difference,” said the striker.
Enrique, however, left no doubt about the Spaniards’ goal. “We want to go to the final,” said the team boss. For the Italians, who have been unbeaten in 32 games, it would be very bitter to fail so shortly before the final. “We didn’t have a minimum goal for this tournament, we wanted to achieve as much as possible,” said Mancini. “There are still two games, we’ll see what happens.”