If Spain and Italy did not face off at some point, this would not be a suitable European Cup match. This time, one of Europe’s most classic football matches is closely related to the 2021 European Cup final.
In the fourth consecutive European competition, the Italians and Spaniards will meet in the knockout stage, but before the semi-final confrontation at Wembley Stadium in London, the two national teams have a new feeling. The Italian team set an unbeaten record of 32 games (13 consecutive victories) and played a new modern football style, while Spain ushered in a lineup transition, providing a new interpretation of the “tiki-taka” based on possession. “Defines the style of La Roja.
Over the years, Spain and its iconic football brand have brought some painful losses to the Italians, including a 4-0 defeat in the 2012 European Cup final, the most unbalanced championship game in the history of the tournament. In the past 14 games, Italy has only beaten Spain twice, but this time, as Italy wins all the applause at the 2021 European Cup, the situation may change.
Under the leadership of head coach Roberto Mancini (pictured below), Italy has won all five games so far. It defeated the top ranked Belgium in the quarter-finals. In the process of reaching the semi-finals, the Italian team fell in love with their national team again after failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. The first philosophy of the offensive.
The Spanish team won only two of the five matches of the European Cup in 2021 and needed a penalty shoot-out to beat the Swiss team in the quarter-finals. But as the game progressed, Luis Enrique’s team became more and more confident, and it is now only one step away from the third final of the past four European Cup finals.
How to watch Italy vs. Spain in the US
- date: Tuesday, July 6
- time: 3 p.m. EDT
- TV channel: ESPN
- Spanish TV: Univision, TUDN
- stream media: Fubo TV, ESPN+, TUDN.tv
ESPN will play the Italian-Spain semifinals in English, and Univision and TUDN will provide coverage in Spanish.Both networks can be streamed on fuboTV (7-day free trial).
Italy vs Spain expected lineup
Some people call left-back Leonardo Spinazzola as the MVP of this Italian team. But the fastest player in the European Cup lost to a torn Achilles tendon against Belgium, and we will see how much the Azzurri miss him on the field. His possible substitute, Emerson Palmieri of Chelsea Football Club, is different from Spinazzola.
The Italian camp said that Spinazzola’s defeat increased the Azzurri’s motivation for his victory. The rest of the lineup is expected to remain the same, Giovanni Di Lorenzo (Giovanni Di Lorenzo) retains his right-back position, although his rival has now fully recovered (Alessandro Florence And Rafael Toloy). Mancini will not lose faith in the criticized center Ciro Immobile.
If Spinazzola is the fastest player in the tournament (the fastest sprint is 21 mph), Spanish midfielder Pedri Ran the longest distance (38.2 miles). The 18-year-old Barcelona star is one of the revelations of these euros. He has performed well, as well as the entire Spanish team, as captain Sergio Busquets tested positive for COVID-19 before three games. And returned to the lineup after missing the game.
Spain will also miss the starter due to injury. Winger Pablo Sarabia will be absent from a strained right leg abductor muscle in the game against Switzerland. In addition, central defender Paul Torres, his aerial ability may not be so important in this game, can be replaced by Eric Garcia.
Italy (4-3-3, from left to right): Gigi Donnarumma-GK-Emerson Palmieri, Leonardo Bonucci, George Chiellini, Giovanni Di Lorenzo-Marco Villati, Jorginho, Nicolo Barrera-Lorenzo Insigne, Ciro Immobile, Federico Chiesa
Spain (4-3-3, from left to right): Unai Simon-GK-Jordi Alba, Eric Garcia, Aymeric Laporte, Cesar Azpilicueta-Pedri, Sergio Busquets, Koke-Dani Olmo, Alvaro Morata, Ferran Torres
Italy vs. Spain: odds and predictions
Since both teams like to suppress to win back the ball and then keep creating opportunities, many people expect an open game between the two skilled teams. But when two strong men meet in such a dangerous situation, we rarely have free games, even if they are both known for their aggressive, attack-oriented style.
Although Italians have been very familiar with the Spanish style for many years, Spain has not yet encountered this version of Italy under Mancini, who took the helm after the team’s disastrous 2018 World Cup defeat. Before Mancini took office, Italy and Spain last met for about eight months.
This Italy will create chaos and overload Spain’s defense, which shows that it can succumb under pressure. Although Spain succeeded in regaining the ball (each FBref’s success pressure was 37.4%, while Italy’s 26.5%), Italy’s pressure on the offensive zone increased by 20% in this game. For a Spanish team that has more touches (4980 total touches, 3701 in Italy) and maintains more possession (73% on average, 57.6% in Italy), if Spain People perform well in key areas, which may bring disaster to La Roha.
Chaos is likely to defeat Spain’s more organized assembly. If Italy takes the lead, the Azzurri is likely to succeed in locking the situation as they did with Belgium-this is the old Italian way.
prophecy: Italy 2, Spain 0
Odds provided by DraftKings
- Italy wins (90 minutes): +145
- Italy advances: -143
- Lucky draw (90 minutes): +220
- Spain wins (90 minutes): +210
- Spain advances: +120
- Italy -0.25 Asian Handicap: +108
- Italy -0.5 Asian Handicap: +145