Italy’s last round encounter with Belgium was a sparkling affair. Roberto Mancini used an aggressive strategy to fight back against their opponents, knocking the world number one ranked team out of the tournament and setting several records.
So far in the tournament they have scored 11 goals, conceded 2, won 5 in a row and are unbeaten in 32 games, setting a new team record. They have never been limited to just one or two players scoring, with as many as six players having scored in five games – Immobile, Insigne, Locatelli, Pesina, Chiesa Junior and Barella.
That means it’s too hard to defend against this team, it’s like the team that won the World Cup in 06.
Spain started the group stage on a low note, with two straight draws to start the tournament. At the time, fans thought Spain would be eliminated in the group stage, but then its form got better and better.
This Spain team does not have any particular stars. Like Italy, they also rely on a strong overall team. More often than not, they rely on multiple points to beat their opponents. This Spain team is more pragmatic in their passing and more aggressive.
Overall, Spain looked mediocre, but they were exceptionally strong in battle. Enrique still has a couple of tricks up his sleeve.
In the semi-final between Spain and Italy, the consensus was that Italy had the better chance of winning the tournament. It was a huge loss for Roberto Mancini, but “good news” for Enrique, as their best attacking and defending left-back Spinazzola suffered a serious injury. Previously, Croatia’s Perisic and Switzerland’s Zaka were both out against Spain, and both teams lost. This time Italy could be in trouble too.
Prediction：Spain to qualify