Italy looked impressive in qualifying by getting through the Their group unbeaten. They have not been given a good draw in the Euro 2016 tournament. It has been labeled “the group of death” which ever World Cup and Euro have one.
Italy’s Euro 2016 Group
If Italy are going to to get through their group they are going to have to play well. They have been known as slow starters in a number of tournaments but they will not have that luxury in this one. They have to face one of the favorites Belgium along with the Republic of Ireland and Sweden.
Italy are one of the most successful international teams at the World Cup, they have won it a total of four times. In the Euro`s they have not been so successful and have only managed one win back in 1968.
The Italian team should have the best defensive unit in the tournament. It is built up of Juventus Captain Gigi Buffon, Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini. In attack they will be relying on Stephan El Shaarawy, Pelle, Eder and Graziano to create and score the goals.
Italian Manager Antonio Conte
If you do not keep up on football news around the world, you may not know that Antonio Conte is going to be joining Chelsea after the Euros. Many Italian fans are angry that this news was announced before the competition had started and felt it should have been announced afterwards. Conte will be desperate to prove to Chelsea fans that he is a great manager but it remains to be seen what effect it will have on the player’s mentality. When it was announced that Manchester City was changing manager and hiring Pep Guardiola in the Summer, it greatly affected the team spirit and result declined.
Italy’s Recent Football Stats.
Italy has managed on four occasions to win the World Cup. The last time that they managed to make it was back in 2006. In the Euro`s they have made it to the final on three occasions. They won in the first final they made back in 1968 but have since failed. Italy was in the final in 2000 along with 2012 losing both times.
Italy’s Qualifying Campaign
It managed to make it to the Euro 2016 with one game to spare. To finish in top place, they needed to secure a win over Norway and avoid the play-offs. They managed to do this through goals from Pelle and Florenzi. Due to the poor form they have shown over the qualifying campaign not many are expecting them to make the final. However, you can never right the Italians off and many teams have played badly in qualify but gone on to win the competition.
Italy Chances of Winning The Euro`s 2016
Italy is capable to beating any team in the world as they have shown in the past. The squad that they are taking is not one of the best and if they start badly it could damage the confidence of the players. If Conte is brave and uses some of the top young Italian players and not using a core of older ones, it could play into his favour. The climate in France is not the same as Brazil so teams will be able to press more and for longer. Aging legs will not be able to cope with this kind of pressure.