Italy has arrived at Wembley, and no matter what happens over the next 90 or 180 (or whatever extra time there may be), this is where the race for Euro 2020 is. of Azzurri will end. They want it to end in the same kind of context that we do – celebrating the victory in front of the number of fans at Wembley this weekend.
But to be lucky enough to have these celebrations, things have to be done tonight.
And for the small but powerful Juventus contingent of the Italian roster, that means having to both line up against one of their buddies and then go out and try to beat the team he’s a part of.
It is an Italy-Spain clash that we have already seen many times in the last two euros. Some of these games turned out to be very enjoyable. Others … not so much. This one, however, comes at a time when Italy are by far the better team. Or at least the fittest team for Euro as we head into the semi-finals at Wembley. And while Alvaro Morata and Spain continue to be a mixed bag that ultimately gets the result they need, Italy continues to impress with every passing round.
If Italy continues to play as they have for much of this tournament, then a second game at Wembley this week will almost certainly be in the cards. And with the way they play, it’s hard to see someone who has been as consistent as this Spanish team completely slowing the Azzurri down.
But with a midfield battle that will be one of the best this tournament has to offer, nothing is really guaranteed no matter how well Italy have played over the past two weeks.
This is why we are watching. And we’ll definitely be looking at this one.
When: 9 p.m. in Italy and throughout Europe; 8:00 p.m. local time in the UK; 3 p.m. on the East Coast; 12pm on the west coast
Or: Wembley Stadium, London, England
Starting eleven from Italy: Donnarumma; Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Emerson Palmieri; Barella, Jorginho, Verratti; Chiesa, Motionless, Badge
Bench Italy: Sirigu, Meret, Locatelli, Belotti, Berardi, Pessina, Acerbi, Cristante, Bernardeschi, Bastoni, Florenzi, Toloi
Starting XI from Spain: Unai Simon; Azpilicueta, Eric Garcia, Laporte, Jordi Alba; Koke, Busquets, Pedri; Ferran Torres, Oyarzabal, Dani Olmo
Spain bench: De Gea, Sanchez, Diego Llorente, Pau Torres, Marcos Llorente, Morata, Gerard Moreno, Thiago Alcantara, Gaya, Rodri, Fabian Ruiz, Traoré
HOW TO WATCH
Television: ESPN, TUDN USA, Univision (United States); TSN1, TSN3, TSN4, TVA Sports (Canada); BBC One (UK); Sky Sport Uno, Sky Sport Football, RAI 1 (Italy)
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