Italy has witnessed a rebirth since the appointment of Roberto Mancini.
In fact, they haven’t been beaten since 2018, a truly impressive feat and a record Wales will be looking to break at the Studio Olimpico today.
After missing out on the 2018 World Cup in Russia, many people wrote off the Azzurri but they are ready to prove naysayers wrong.
With a strong squad including defensive anchor Giorgio Chiellini and a manager who has a proven track record for success, Mancini’s Italy could be a dark horse this summer.
The nation has seemingly bounced back from its 2018 embarrassment with a new look and playing style that has already proven highly successful.
The 1968 Euro champions have swept Turkey and Switzerland aside in Group A so far and now take on Wales.
Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Donnarumma (Milan), Alex Meret (Napoli), Salvatore Sirigu (Torino)
Defenders: Francesco Acerbi (Lazio), Alessandro Bastoni (Inter), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Giovanni Di Lorenzo (Napoli), Emerson (Chelsea), Alessandro Florenzi (Paris), Leonardo Spinazzola (Roma), Rafael Tolói (Atalanta)
Midfielders: Nicolò Barella (Inter), Federico Bernardeschi (Juventus), Federico Chiesa (Juventus), Bryan Cristante (Roma), Jorginho (Chelsea), Manuel Locatelli (Sassuolo), Matteo Pessina (Atalanta), Marco Verratti (Paris), Gaetano Castrovilli (Fiorentina)
Forwards: Andrea Belotti (Torino), Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo), Ciro Immobile (Lazio), Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli), Giacomo Raspadori (Sassuolo)
The star man: Ciro Immobile
Ciro Immobile is already a Lazio great and is now looking to cement his own legacy for the national side too.
The 31-year-old has scored in both Italy’s Group A games so far and will be eager to claim the tournament’s top scorer gong.
Playing at the Studio Olimpico, Lazio’s home stadium, has certainly helped Immobile who is clearly relishing playing in front of his own fans.
He’s scored 150 goals over his five years at Lazio and like a fine bottle of Italian Barolo, Immobile is getting better and better with age.
The one to look out for: Leonardo Spinazzola
A new name to some, marauding full-back Spinazzola has looked utterly superb in the tournament so far.
After his stint at Juventus, which included seven loan moves, failed, he joined Roma in 2019 and has really kicked on since.
He has 16 caps for Italy and now looks to be one of the first names on the team-sheet under Mancini.
Only Kylian Mbappe has had more dribbles than Spinazzola at Euro 2020 so far and the defender caused mayhem against Turkey and Switzerland.
The manager: Roberto Mancini
56-year-old Roberto Mancini seems to be the perfect manager to bring the nation back to their glory.
The former Inter Milan and Manchester City manager led the nation to a 25 unbeaten streak going into the tournament and has transformed them into a cohesive unit ready to compete.
Mancini, who Premier League fans may remember for bringing Man City their first-ever title, took over a struggling Italy in 2018 and hasn’t looked back.
With a well balanced squad with lots of depth, all eyes will be on the gaffer, with hopes they will be victorious.
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By: Marc Williams
Title: Italy Euro 2020 profile: Fixtures and squad details ahead of Wales clash – Ciro Immobile and Leonardo Spinazzola starring for Roberto Mancini’s men as they look to overcome World Cup disappointment
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Published Date: Sun, 20 Jun 2021 12:41:06 +0000