Euro 2020 Official Thread

Discussion in 'Italy: National Teams' started by calabrese8, May 28, 2021.

  1. calabrese8

    calabrese8 Member+

    Feb 9, 2008
    Vancouver
    Club:
    Juventus FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    We're close enough now with the tournament being 2 weeks away that we can get this thread going.


    FORZA GLI AZZURRI

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  2. calabrese8

    calabrese8 Member+

    Feb 9, 2008
    Vancouver
    Club:
    Juventus FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    Current odds to win Euro 2020
    • France 5/1
    • England 5/1
    • Belgium 6/1
    • Germany 7/1
    • Spain 7/1
    • Portugal 8/1
    • Italy 11/1
    • Netherlands 12/1
    • Croatia 28/1
    • Denmark 28/1
     
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  3. Indian_Gladiator

    Sep 4, 2014
    Kolkata
    Club:
    AS Roma
    Nat'l Team:
    India
    Forza Italy!! #Mysecondcountry
     
  4. calabrese8

    calabrese8 Member+

    Feb 9, 2008
    Vancouver
    Club:
    Juventus FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
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    5 days to go
     
  5. Buffonfan

    Buffonfan Member

    Jun 26, 2018
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    Italy is at 26 matches unbeaten streak! I'm so proud of them. Win or lose. Muahz! forever Italy!
     
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  6. calabrese8

    calabrese8 Member+

    Feb 9, 2008
    Vancouver
    Club:
    Juventus FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
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    4 days to go
     
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  7. indestructible

    indestructible Member+

    SSC Napoli
    Jan 14, 2007
    Mercato Professor
    Club:
    SSC Napoli
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    Little amarcord before Friday

     
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  8. calabrese8

    calabrese8 Member+

    Feb 9, 2008
    Vancouver
    Club:
    Juventus FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
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    Episode 1 of Sogno Azzurro was on the RAI tonight. Very well done and looking forward to the rest.
     
  9. indestructible

    indestructible Member+

    SSC Napoli
    Jan 14, 2007
    Mercato Professor
    Club:
    SSC Napoli
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    Are we doing match threads all in this thread? @calabrese8
     
  10. calabrese8

    calabrese8 Member+

    Feb 9, 2008
    Vancouver
    Club:
    Juventus FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    Sure… prob keeps it cleaner all in one

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    3 days to go
     
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  11. Hulk_Hogan_Italia

    AC Milan
    Italy
    Aug 17, 2005
    Toronto, Canada
    I still don't get the English hype every damn time a Euro or World Cup comes along
     
  12. calabrese8

    calabrese8 Member+

    Feb 9, 2008
    Vancouver
    Club:
    Juventus FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    no clue haha.. but i know i love that we are coming in under the radar.

    Mancini ball might be the best fluid attacking football of any of the euro teams this year... yet i cant tell you how many "previews" from english pundits about us i've read that say were going to lean on the defence and we lack creativity
     
  13. Hulk_Hogan_Italia

    AC Milan
    Italy
    Aug 17, 2005
    Toronto, Canada
    I like flying under the radar as well. People think we have nothing going for us... Let them think that. So far, all I hear is football is coming home... I heard that same statement for the last 50+ years.
     
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  14. nirvaanfc

    nirvaanfc Member

    Juventus
    Italy
    Jan 13, 2004
    Trinidad & Tobago
    Club:
    Juventus FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    Probably just because the English speaking fans bet heavily on the English and oddsmakers just shorten the odds to ensure they diversify risk if they have to pay out. The house always wins.
     
  15. Non Venite in Puglia

    Juventus
    Italy
    Feb 26, 2021
    Berardi has to start opposite Insigne, right? He’s earned it with like 5 goals in 6 games. Use Chiesa’s pace later on in matches to get in behind the tired legs of defenses.

    Locatelli will likely play all three group stage matches. If he and Italy perform, I would keep Verratti on the bench. Might seem controversial, but why rock the boat and start with someone that will not have played in something like 6-7 weeks by the time the KO rounds begin? It’s a month long tournament, not a fantasy league. If Italy is playing well and reaches the KO rounds with some confident performances, don’t change anything.

    I’m conflicted on Emerson or Spinazzola starting at left back. Spinazzola has obviously had the better club season, but whenever I see Emerson play with the national team, he looks much more comfortable in that traditional left back role. Spinazzola typically plays in an advanced left back position at Roma, which suits his characteristics because he is a handful for the opposition when provided with space to run into, but I feel as though his impact is best suited for matches where Italy is constantly on the front foot and in the opposition’s half. Instead, Emerson links up very nicely with Insigne and can play intricately in tight spaces along the sideline. He’s also more suited to the traditional left back role. I definitely think Spinazzola will see a lot of time and Emerson doesn’t have the minutes in his legs to play 90 every three days, but I think the latter should start.

    Starting 11:

    - - - - - - - - - - - Donnarumma - - - - - - - - - - -

    - Florenzi - - Bonucci - Chiellini - - Emerson -

    - - - - Barella - - - Jorginho - - - Locatelli - - - -

    - - - Berardi - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Insigne - - -
    - - - - - - - - - - - - - Immobile - - - - - - - - - - - -

    *Chiesa & Spinazzola should both get a lot of time and should start the Wales match, if Italy handles business against Turkey and Switzerland.
     
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  16. indestructible

    indestructible Member+

    SSC Napoli
    Jan 14, 2007
    Mercato Professor
    Club:
    SSC Napoli
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    Chiesa will be more useful vs. the big teams that will hold the ball and attack us. He thrives vs. teams that give him space. Berardi on the other hand is perfect for the current system.
     
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  17. Stamos

    Stamos Member

    Apr 6, 2013
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    I can't see Verratti not playing at least one group game. Mancini has stayed loyal to him throughout and according to reports, he's ready to play. I can see Locatelli starting Friday, but I'd be shocked if Marco didn't come on in the 2nd half and/or start Game 2.

    Otherwise, agreed on Chiesa coming on in the 2nd half. Him and Berardi are interchangeable during the group stages.
    Same with Emerson and Spinazzola. I can see Mancini rotating both.

    Another question is: does Chiellini start all 3 group matches?
     
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  18. La Magica

    La Magica Member+

    Aug 1, 2011
    Club:
    AS Roma
    #19 La Magica, Jun 9, 2021
    Last edited: Jun 9, 2021
    Confident that Italy do very well and can even win it if a few pieces fall into place along the way. Mancini has been there and done it. With his level headed approach he can keep the squad natural as the competition pressure grows. Half the battle.
     
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  19. La Magica

    La Magica Member+

    Aug 1, 2011
    Club:
    AS Roma


    I see the market in Uk has 4 million matched. 1m on France. Second place is England with 0.75m and third Italy with 0.5m. I got Italy at 13/1 last week and they are now in to 8/1 and the biggest movers. With 3 games in Rome we expect to see them get the job done. They should be moving to joint 2nd favs in a weeks time. Good vibes for Italy
     
  20. calabrese8

    calabrese8 Member+

    Feb 9, 2008
    Vancouver
    Club:
    Juventus FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
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  21. Pambiero

    Pambiero New Member

    Juventus
    Italy
    Mar 21, 2021
    Bad news about Pellegrini! He is almost out of Euros! Castrovilli now in his place! We said our midfield is so powerful but luck is not in our side! We lost Sensi, Pellegrini and Verratti is not yet ready! I still believe we can make it!
     
  22. indestructible

    indestructible Member+

    SSC Napoli
    Jan 14, 2007
    Mercato Professor
    Club:
    SSC Napoli
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    Castrovilli isn't exactly a downgrade IMO
     
  23. La Magica

    La Magica Member+

    Aug 1, 2011
    Club:
    AS Roma
    Soft lad Pellegrini is not a loss.
     
  24. Pambiero

    Pambiero New Member

    Juventus
    Italy
    Mar 21, 2021
    Yes, I like Castrovilli a lot! I really wanted him in the squad and now it’s his chance! It’s a long road (I hope) and we will need almost everyone!
     
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