I think this will be a more comfortable game for Italy's midfield. Croatia and Germany were both able to enjoy over 50% of the possession against England. This will allow Verratti and Jorginho to dictate the tempo, unlike in the Spain game.
In attack, Chiesa against Shaw is a massive mismatch that we need to exploit. I think Walker actually matches up quite well against Insigne because he can use his pace to recover in the event he gets beaten on the dribble. My real concern is Immobile, who has shown us absolutely nothing to make us think he's capable of scoring in a game of this magnitude. If we're going to continue to rely on feeding him long balls over the top then he's going to need to start controlling the ball better; laying off to Chiesa and Insigne, rather than shooting like a spaz.
Di Lorenzo (or Emerson) against Sterling is going to be an issue. Sterling will be throwing himself to the ground in pursuit of a penalty and Di Lorenzo has already shown a willingness to accommodate.
I would like to see Insigne start as a false 9. Giving those England CBs a out of form CF to play against is making their life too easy IMO.
I’d go with Chiesa - Insigne - Berardi and give them no one to mark. My only hesitation is that Italy hasn’t had a lot of time to practice the formation. Tough to wait until a final to change the way you play. That also means there is really no one on the bench that can change the game.
I don't care if England wins, because I don't follow what the media or football personalities say and it won't affect me. I don't think England deserved the final, but for that matter, neither did Denmark (they lost all the steam). Still Kudos to Denmark for defying everybody.
I will root for Italy, but if it goes the other way, who gives a fuck. Doesn't affect my life in any way. I just want a good game.
Barella needs to be better and I think he will be. England and their 2 DM setup will have trouble retaining possession against the Azzurri trio. The English wingers will definitely cause trouble on the counter though.
Yeah, my jaw dropped when I saw Sterling running and dribbling at full speed in 115th minute or around that time. It's gonna be tough. This is the best attack Italy will play against so far and all their defensive weaknesses will be more visible.
Mancini might go for a more defensive minded LB like Bastoni to deal with the threat of Sterling, but Bastoni ain't much of a speeder himself and LB is not his natural position so picking him up for that role might backfire. Emerson was ok against Spain, but his final product was nowhere close to what Spinazzola was offering.
The CF position has been an issue for Italia, but making that sudden change of playing a false 9 in the final is unlikely, and the media would eat Mancini alive if it fails, so we could only hope that Immobile or Belotti have a good night in the final.
Barella need to step up as well. He was disappointing against Spain and he's an important player in the team, so they need him to be at his best form against Engalnd.
England has been such a turnoff for me. Total borefest to watch. Never created anything. Yet scraped their way through with undeserved penalties and opponent's own goals. Not just yesterday, but this entire tournament, excluding that one game vs. a deflated Ukraine. I hope Italia fucks them hard. Not even worried - they were so fucking terrible yesterday.
Both had a 120 minute game but Italy had an extra day of rest. Time to bring it Rome.
I think England have more chance to win. It feels that they don’t in full strength at all, they have many options from bench and change the style, it all depends on Southgate now. Plus it’s home game. In other hand, Italy is in short hand now, losing Spinazzola is big blow as you can see in the game against Spain, both fullback couldn’t go up and get the burden out of midfielders. Mancini seems to reveal all his trump cards as well. Would be interesting match.