Italy – Spain
Italy will face Spain at the Wembley Stadium in one of the two 1/2-finals of the Euro 2020. Just like all other fans we expect some amazing football here between these two teams. Let’s preview this game in our best soccer tips for today. Let’s go!
Most of the pundits now believe that Italy are the major contender for the European crown. The Azzurri are trying to win the Euro for a first time since 1968. Italy lost two finals in the last 21 years and now they are determined to make this final step towards the gold medals. And let’s be honest here – they are looking very close to doing this.
If you ever doubt how important the manager is for a football team then just look at Italy under Roberto Mancini. The Azzurri are a completely different team since the former Manchester City coach is managing the team. He made the players fell in love with the ball, plus Italy are now more exciting while attacking. It’s not a coincidence that they dominated each one of their games since the beginning of Euro 2020.
In the 1/4-finals Italy made a huge statement after they beat one of the major contenders for the title – Belgium. These two teams met at the Allianz Arena in Munich and the game ended with a 2-1 win for the Italians. Nicolo Barella and Lorenzo Insigne scored the decisive two goals for the Squadra. In the second half Italy had to defend a little bit more, but they did just enough to keep their lead and reach the 1/2-finals.
What really impress us at Italy this is their outstanding balance between defense and attack. Their defensive play closes all opportunities for the opponent while in attack they are really fluid and dangerous. During his career as a club manager Roberto Mancini proved that he’s a master of attacking football. Now he transformed the Italian national team and made it much more attractive on the pitch.
Italy finished the game against Belgium with one huge problem – Leonardo Spinazzola’s injury. The left-back is one of Italy’s best players during the Euro 2020, but he’s going to miss the remaining matches of his team. Spinazzola ruptured his achilles tendon against Belgium, so he’s now facing a long recovery. Most likely it’s going to be Chelsea’s Emerson Palmieri who will replace him on the left flank. That’s a really bad experience for Roberto Mancini because Spinazzola was extraordinary during the European Championship so far.
We don’t expect to see Mancini making any significant changes against Spain, expect replacing the injured Leonardo Spinazzola. Eventually he could bring Domenico Berardi in the attacking line instead of Federico Chiesa. Chiesa was one of the heroes against Austria in the 1/8-finals, but he was not that impressive against Belgium few days ago. All other players should keep their places in the starting eleven.
Spain are dreaming for something big this summer after a mediocre start of the Euros. The Spaniards deserve respect, though – they found a way to improve and stabilise their performance with time. The head coach Luis Enrique did a good job to motivate his players and bring them some needed confidence. Now La Roja looks better compared to the first two matches in the group stage.
La Roja once again needed to play extra-time to win during the eliminations. In the 1/4-finals Spain faced Switzerland, but it was just 1-1 after 120 minutes of playing. The game went to penalties where Unai Simon saved two of Switzerland’s shots from the spot and became the hero for his team. This way Unai redeemed himself for the terrible mistake he did in the previous game against Croatia. You can see now why Luis Enrique picked him as the Spanish number 1 instead of David de Gea. He’s showing some great qualities so far.
Most likely Luis Enrique won’t make many changes in his line-up compared to the eleven he chose against Switzerland. Despite being substituted against the Crusaders, Alvaro Morata should keep his place in the starting eleven. Ferran Torres and Pablo Sarabia could start again alongside Morata, but Dani Olmo is a strong contender to replace one of them in the line-up. The RB Leipzig winger made a good impression when coming from the bench in the last two matches against Croatia and Switzerland. It’s very likely to see him replacing Pablo Sarabia who was poor in the last game.
Players like Sergio Busquets and Koke will be crucial for Spain against the Azzurri. These two midfielders are instructed to help the defenders, and this is something they must do against Italy. So far in the tournaments the Azzurri proved how clinical they are in attack. This means that Spain must use most of their players to stop the Italians from doing their thing. Pedri is less effective while defending, but Busquets and Koke must use their vast experience to help the backline. Italy are usually attacking with a lot of men, so Spain will also need some men while defending.
In their games so far Spain are usually trying to pressure their opponent and spend much of their time attacking, but it would be a little bit of a different thing against Italy. Now La Roja are aware that they are facing probably the best team at the Euro right now. This time we believe that Spain will be more cautious in their approach, paying more attention to their defensive performance and paying much more respect to their opponent.
That’s the best soccer tips for today for the Euro 2020 1/2-final game between Italy and Spain at the Wembley. Two of the best teams in the competition are facing each other. The pundits believe that Italy are favorites to reach the final, but this could be Spain’s biggest advantage here. If Luis Enrique manages to surprise the Italians and beat Roberto Mancini tactically, Spain could reach the final. This would be a great achievement, no doubt about this.