The probable formations
Belgium (3-4-2-1): Courtois; Alderweireld, Vertonhgen, Vermaelen; Meunier, Witsel, Tielemans, T. Hazard; De Bruyne, Carrasco; Lukaku
Italy (4-3-3): Donnarumma; Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Acerbi, Spinazzola; Barella, Jorginho, Verratti; Church, Building, Insigne.
Referee: Vincic (Slovenia)
Tv: 9 pm Raiuno and Sky
Belgium have eliminated defending champion Portugal and now they are imagining to take their place on July 11 on the Wembley lawn, closing the perfect circle after being three years at the top of the FIFA rankings and having hit third place at the 2018 World Cup. For Italy, the crossroads with no return to the Allianz, is even more valid: the graduation exam. Mancini’s team hasn’t lost for almost three years, has lined up any type of record and rekindled the passion of the Italians for the national team. But that’s still not enough. We need to play on par with the queens of the parlor of Europe and this is the right opportunity.
Italy-Belgium: Chiellini-Lukaku, Jorginho-De Bruyne, Immobile-Vertonghen, Courtois-Donnarumma, decisive duels and favorites
Italy-Belgium: the duels
Belgium-Italy, Mancini’s plan
Conte five years ago Belgium crushed him with surgical restarts and obsessive intensity, Mancini wants to bewitch him with great beauty and he doesn’t intend to go back right now. It would be nice to send home Lukaku and De Bruyne, the arm and the mind of Roberto Martinez, playing the sparkling football we saw in Rome in the three games of the group. And of the complicated eighth against Austria, we would like to save the team’s suffering capacity, an essential virtue in such a short and slippery tournament. The mix between these two souls would be ideal in tonight’s play-off that a player of Chiellini’s experience considers an early final.
Belgium is the favorite, but the challenge is open and just the fact that it is a small win considering where we started from. The dreamer Mancini has always believed in it, even at the beginning of a path that seemed bumpy and that our coach made light. Italy has a precise identity. And he was rarely wrong. This time for the difficult mountain to climb. Belgium, after France committed suicide with Switzerland, seems to be the best in the realm and will want to take advantage of the opportunity. Per has his weaknesses and two talents in the balance, De Bruyne who should do it in the end and Hazard, almost offside. I hope there are both, says Mancini and his would seem a provocation but not. With talented players the show is guaranteed, it tells without fear and patience if it can be more difficult.
The blue coach prefers to rely on his strength rather than rely on the misfortunes of others. We want to impose our game, have fun, trying to score a goal more than them. This is how it seems almost easy this quarter-final with a view to the Final Four of Wembley: And instead we know that it will not be. Belgium, together with France that left, the strongest. We are in the most complicated part of the board, for I do not think that if we had ended up in the other it would have been so different he says with the fatalism that of the champions.
Belgium-Italy, the formations
I have few training doubts. In the trident he will play Chiesa, who has overtaken Berardi and will play with Immobile and Insigne, while only this morning, after the finish, the coach will resolve the very painful ballot between Chiellini and Acerbi. Mancio does not trust 100% of the Juventus recovery, but it is difficult to give up the experience and physicality of the captain who knows how to prepare certain matches and how to face the Lukaku tornado. Confirmed Jorginho, Verratti and Barella in the middle of the field. Pessina and Locatelli start from the bench. Austria has opened some cracks in our certainties. The technician closes them immediately: I would sign to suffer like at Wembley and take 26 shots. Mancini liked the battle team and does not intend to deny it. We started further away than in Belgium, Chiellini remembers. Tonight we can take everything in the night we have been waiting for at least a year to know if we are finally big again.
July 2, 2021 (change July 2, 2021 | 07:13)
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