Today is played the super match between Belgium and Italy. A match that will determine who will advance to the semifinals, which are seen as favorites to win the champion title at Euro 2020.
What will the formations be like? Belgium has Hazard and De Bryne in doubt, although the latter is in the lineup.
For Italy, Chiesa will play in the trident, which has surpassed Berardi and will play with Immobile and Insigne, while only this morning, after it is over, the coach will choose the very painful vote between Chiellini and Acerbi. Mancini does not trust the Juventus player 100% in recovery, but it is difficult to give up the experience and physique of the captain who knows how to prepare certain matches and knows how to face the tornado Lukaku. Confirmed Jorginho, Verratti and Barella in the middle of the field. Pessina and Locatelli start from the bench.
Antonio Conte five years ago Belgium defeated him with surgical interventions and with obsessive intensity, Mancini wants to enchant him with a lot of beauty and does not intend to return now. It would be nice to send home Lukaku and De Bruyne, the arm and mind of Roberto Martinez, playing the live football we saw in Rome in the three group matches. And from the complicated 1/8 against Austria, we would like to preserve the team’s ability to suffer, an essential virtue in such a short and slippery tournament. The mix between these two spirits would be ideal in tonight’s play-off which a player with Chiellini experience considers “an early final”.
The Belgians are the favorites, but the challenge is open and just the fact that they are is a small victory considering where we started. The dreamer Mancini has always believed in him, even at the beginning of a road that looked bumpy and that the Italian coach made him soft. Italy has a precise identity. And he seldom erred.
However, this time the mountain is difficult to climb. Belgium, after France committed suicide with Switzerland, seems to be the best on the field and will want to take advantage of this opportunity. But they have their weaknesses and two talents in balance, De Bruyne who has to do it in the end and Hazard, almost out of the game. “I hope they are both”, says Mancini and his would seem a provocation but it is not so. “With talented players, performance is guaranteed,” he says without fear or patience if it could be more difficult.
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; Chiesa, Immobile, Insigne.
Referee: Vincic (Slovenia)