Our prediction for this Euro 2020 match:
David faces Goliath at Rheinpark Stadion on Tuesday evening. Thanks to a 2-0 win over Greece Italy booked their place at the 2020 European Championship finals, but they surely want to keep their 100% record in Group J intact. The Azzurri are likely to stick to their attacking style of play in Tuesday’s football match and regardless of which players will be deployed in the starting XI, we believe that away win should be considered.
Juventus winger Federico Bernardeschi is likely to replace injured Fiorentina man Federico Chiesa in the starting line-up. Liechtenstein, on the other hand, did well to hold Armenia to a 1-1 draw in their last group games, but it has to be noted that the Armenians were without injured star Henrikh Mikhtaryan in Saturday’s clash. The hosts have collected only 2 from possible 21 points in the Euro 2020 qualifiers and we do not believe that they are capable of shocking the high-flying Italians.
Highlighted Player (Alessandro Florenzi):
Alessandro Florenzi is probably the most impressive product of AS Roma youth academy since Francesco Totti and Daniele De Rossi, and the full-back has already developed into an important player for both club and country.
Capable of operating as both right-back and right winger, the talented footballer is probably best remembered from scoring a marvellous goal from half-way line in the Champions League clash against Barcelona, but there is much more to him than an occasional wonder strike. While he usually played as a winger during his early career, Florenzi switched to attacking full-back at both Roma and Italy national team, and that proved a very good move for his career.
While helping the Gialorossi return to old glory days, the right-back left his mark on international stage as well, especially impressing since Antonio Conte took over the reigns in the national team. Despite the fact that he has yet to realise his full potential, Florenzi already boasts an impressive top flight experience and he is predicted a bright future in the game.
Highlighted Team (Italy):
With four World Cup titles and one European Championship trophy, Italy remain one of world’s most successful teams and they have also finished as runners up at major tournaments on four occasions. The Azzurri have become famous for their result oriented football over the years which is perfectly suited for World Cup and Euro finals, so it is now a surprise when they fail to reach the final stages.
After winning the second and third edition of the World Cup, Italy endured a difficult period until lifting their first European Championship title in 1968, while they also managed to show some improvement at the turn of the century. While winning the 2006 World Cup in Germany, the Azzurri reached Euro finals in 2000 and 2012, and they are still regarded as one of the leading sides in Europe.
There have been too many high-profile players leaving their mark on the national team to count, but the likes of Paolo Maldini, Gianluigi Buffon, Fabio Cannavaro, Dino Zoff, Roberto Baggio, Luigi Riva and Alessandro Del Piero will go down as some of the most successful ones.