Euro 2020 (quarti di finale): Italia - Belgio

Discussion in 'Italy: National Teams' started by calabrese8, Jun 29, 2021.

  1. calabrese8

    calabrese8 Member+

    Feb 9, 2008
    Vancouver
    Club:
    Juventus FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
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    For me this is the other best team in the tournament so far. Both The Azzurri and Belgium come into this quarter final matchup taking a maximum of 4 wins out of the 4 games played. We all know the attacking pedigree they have... Lukaku coming off a great year at Inter... "Ciro" Mertens who can turn up and bang one in out of nowhere.. etc etc etc. But we are Italia and they have a lot to worry about as well. Let's hope for some more Chiesa magic!
     
  2. Nabolidaboli

    Nabolidaboli Member

    Sep 7, 2018
    Absolutely devastated that I’ll be working during this match. Going to turn my phone off to avoid any spoilers. Forza Azzurri!!!
     
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  3. Stamos

    Stamos Member

    Apr 6, 2013
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    Wear some headphones driving home because there will be a lot of honking..

    Forza Azzurri let's gooo!!
     
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  4. Ofori

    Ofori Member+

    Inter Milan
    Ghana
    May 9, 2020
    You could always watch the game at work on your phone too just as a suggestion LOL
     
  5. joe83

    joe83 Member

    Nov 4, 2009
    Club:
    AC Milan
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  6. Buffonfan

    Buffonfan Member

    Jun 26, 2018
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    But they have Lukaku, still a threat.

    Anyways, England got through Germany because they were playing the "defense" soccer style like us. Perhaps we should play more on the defensive side against Belgium?
     
  7. Ofori

    Ofori Member+

    Inter Milan
    Ghana
    May 9, 2020
  8. indestructible

    indestructible Member+

    SSC Napoli
    Jan 14, 2007
    Mercato Professor
    Club:
    SSC Napoli
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    This will be Mancini's first real tactical battle. The Belgians unlike the Austrians won't have a plan to contain and harass our mids. Like in the Portugal game they let the opponent have the ball. Their back 3 were very solid. I find it difficult to imagine our front 3 having an easy time even if Chiesa starts. With the current formation, I can see it being a stalemate with one mistake being the decider.

    OR

    Mancini can completely flip the script and say to Martinez "you know what, you guys are so good, you can have the ball all you want" and play a counter attacking 3-5-2 from minute one. I wouldn't hate it at all and it would catch them by surprise. Something like this

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    However I don't think Mancini will betray the style that Italy have been running with since he took over. He might choose to switch to a 3-5-2 depending on how the game is being played out.
     
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  9. Ofori

    Ofori Member+

    Inter Milan
    Ghana
    May 9, 2020
    Or you guys could go 4-2-3-1 or 5-3-2 instead
     
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    United States
    Jun 28, 2021
  11. calabrese8

    calabrese8 Member+

    Feb 9, 2008
    Vancouver
    Club:
    Juventus FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    i dont see us changing our formation. at the most.. i can see him starting Toloi at "RB" to form a makeshift back 3.. but Di Lorenzo has played well enough defensively that I think he'll roll with him.

    we will control the ball and the midfield with a 4-3-3. We will press and Chiellini will be all over Lukaku to neutralize him (as much as possible.. he is a fantastic and physical striker).
     
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  12. tripwire

    tripwire Member+

    Sep 23, 2012
    Club:
    SSC Napoli
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    Belgium has talent, but without those two, especially missing KDB to link up their plays on attack, this is a match that a loss is inexcusable IMHO.
     
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  13. Ofori

    Ofori Member+

    Inter Milan
    Ghana
    May 9, 2020
    Italy vs Belgium I wouldn't be surprised if this goes the full 120 minutes and then goes to penalties
     
  14. tripwire

    tripwire Member+

    Sep 23, 2012
    Club:
    SSC Napoli
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    I wouldn't be surprised with anything, since we've seen it all since '82. Still, I don't want to hear any excuses if they lose Friday.
     
  15. calabrese8

    calabrese8 Member+

    Feb 9, 2008
    Vancouver
    Club:
    Juventus FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    i dont think either side would have any shame being knocked out on Friday. Like i said.. these are the two best teams of the tournament.. a sort of an early final. Having said that.. i'm confident and do believe we will go through.
     
  16. joe83

    joe83 Member

    Nov 4, 2009
    Club:
    AC Milan
    I've thought about this too. Belgium was able to withstand the Portuguese onslaught in the second half and play a solid defensive game. Its super important for Italy to convert in the first half. Italy should come out guns blazing and get a goal off the bat. We can't make the same mistake as Portugal and sit back to only try when they're down a goal.

    With KDB and Hazard out, this is an absolute gift for Italy to make it through to the semis. Lets hope they take advantage of it.
     
  17. foreverazurri

    foreverazurri Member

    Oct 13, 2009
    Mancini is going to start with Veratti even thought Locatelli is a better choice for this team. That said, the game is going to have more uncertainty with Italy dominating on the left and Belgium plays counter attack with Lukaku running on Chiellini and Bonucci. If Locatelli starts, the game will be balanced for both sides and Italy has better chance to score and win.
     
  18. falvo

    falvo Member+

    Mar 27, 2005
    San Jose & Florence
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
  19. johnny6

    johnny6 Member+

    AC Milan
    Italy
    Jun 29, 2011
    Club:
    AC Milan
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    It's a shame that one of these teams will be knocked out semi-early in this stage. I guess the same can be said about other teams as well, this whole format is broken, once again just like the last Euro there's a ton of heavy weights on one side of the bracket.
     
  20. 'Uaglio

    'Uaglio Member+

    Jun 8, 2004
    NYC
    Sometimes as a manager you can overthink things. The idea of keeping Chiesa on the bench in order to use his speed to attack a slower Belgium back line sounds nice. But, in the end, what maximizes our chances of winning? Playing Chiesa the last 20 minutes or playing him for 90? His speed will constantly terrorize the Belgium wing and keep them in apprehension the whole time.
    It's the quarterfinals...sometimes you just have to lay your Ace down.

    As for Verratti, he may rise to the occasion. But, if he messes around with the ball, two bad things can happen. First, he turns it over and Lukaku has tons of space on the counter. Second, he slows play down giving Belgium's slower D time to organize. I think this is a game better suited for Locatelli.

    Finally on defense, if Chiellini is healthy, I think he has to play. His physicality against Lukaku will be very important. BUT...he's got to be healthy.

    FORZA AZZURRI
     
  21. Nabolidaboli

    Nabolidaboli Member

    Sep 7, 2018
    Not super shocking but I think Chiellini and Chiesa are going to get the nod tomorrow. I’d be surprised if Verratti or Barella get replaced. For better or for worse, Bobby is gonna ride the horses that got him here.
     
  22. indestructible

    indestructible Member+

    SSC Napoli
    Jan 14, 2007
    Mercato Professor
    Club:
    SSC Napoli
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    They’re saying De Bruyne might make it while Hazard most likely will miss the game.

    Mancini on the other hand is keeping his cards close to his chest. Still unknown whether Chiellini, Chiesa, Locatelli/Verratti will start
     
  23. Nabolidaboli

    Nabolidaboli Member

    Sep 7, 2018
    Florenzi is healthy

    don’t think Mancini will start him though.
     
  24. Ofori

    Ofori Member+

    Inter Milan
    Ghana
    May 9, 2020
    Today is game day for the Italians but I wonder what kind of lineup Mancini will put out? Who would be in your starting XI for this game?

    My Italy XI (4-3-3) would consist of:

    GK- Donnarumma
    LB- Spinazzola
    CB- Bastoni
    CB- Acerbi
    RB- Di Lorenzo
    CDM- Jorginho
    LCM- Locatelli
    RCM- Barella
    LW- Insigne
    CF- Immobile
    RW- Chiesa

    This would just be my XI
     
  25. 'Uaglio

    'Uaglio Member+

    Jun 8, 2004
    NYC
    I'm hearing Chiellini and Chiesa will start. Looks like Verratti gets the nod in midfield. KDB will make it for Belgium so that is huge for them. He's going to be a real pain and our central midfielders have to be ready to help on D.

    One thing about Mancini is that he sure isn't afraid. He's going out there with a very offensive lineup. It doesn't look on paper like a defend and counter team. Although Immobile and Chiesa have the pace to hit Belgium hard on a counter if they have to.
     
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