After two epic semi-finals, London now hosts a decider which, for the first time in the history of the Euros, will feature England.
Former Italian footballer Gianluca Zambrotta has urged players from the national team to simply focus on playing their own game, in the Euro 2020 final against England. Zambrotta termed ensuring good results as the important factor. He further believes that the Azzurri should not be afraid of taking on England in front of their fans at the Wembley Stadium.
“Here we are. I expect a very open final. Italy will have to play their own game, just as they always have. They will have to try to impose their game. Sometimes they have succeeded and sometimes they haven’t, but that can happen on a journey as challenging as a European Championship. The important thing is to bring home good results and move forward,” he said as quoted by UEFA’s official website.
“The Azzurri shouldn’t be afraid of England and playing in front of their fans at Wembley Stadium, an arena with great history. They’ll have to use the tension in the right way. They will have to be focused and make good use of the midfield with Nicolo Barella, Jorginho and Marco Verratti, and use the flanks with Federico Chiesa and Lorenzo Insigne,” added Zambrotta.
The former Italian footballer urged coach Roberto Mancini to give Ciro Immobile an opportunity against a hungry England side.
“In attack, I would definitely play Ciro Immobile again. Although he perhaps hasn’t been at his best, he has always contributed a great deal to the team, sacrificing himself, offering support, troubling the central defenders. I would definitely trust him again. On the other side of the pitch are an England team playing at home, having not won an important trophy for a long time. That can be a double-edged sword; a 12th man on the pitch or an extra source of tension and pressure, especially if the game does not go the way they want. However, I expect a good final at the end of a beautiful European Championship played by both teams,” he stated.
Zambrotta termed the duel between Harry Kane between Leonardo Bonucci-Giorgio Chiellini will be extremely enthralling.
“The duel between Harry Kane and Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini will be great to watch. The Azzurri centre-backs have been fantastic at the tournament. Raheem Sterling has also been extraordinary; he’s a player who always pushes hard on the accelerator. Giovanni Di Lorenzo, Emerson, Chiesa and Insigne will all have to help each other. These are the weapons that Italy will have to use to achieve success: defend and attack as a team.”
“It’s difficult to say who will win. Clearly, I hope that Italy will. I believe that the best teams in the tournament have reached the final. Italy were spectacular in the group stage, then they knew how to suffer. England have conceded only one goal, they were perhaps the most solid side from a defensive point of view. It’s hard to say who will come out on top,” he concluded.
Italy will look to make their presence felt against England, having been supremely impressive so far.