Roberto Mancini assured Italy have what it takes to win Euro 2020 after reserving last-16 spot


Roberto Mancini insists Italy can win Euro 2020 after they grew to become the primary aspect to achieve the knockout stage.

Manuel Locatelli’s double and Ciro Motionless’s late strike sealed a dominant 3-0 win over Switzerland in Rome.

They returned to the highest of Group A, after Wales’ 2-0 win over Turkey, following a tenth straight win with out conceding.

Mancini stated: “Within the European Championship there’s France, Portugal and Belgium – a kind of are world champions, one other are European champions and the opposite are the primary ranked aspect on the planet.

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Manuel Locatelli celebrates after opening the scoring

“These are groups who’ve been constructed over plenty of years and it is solely pure they’re additional alongside than us however the whole lot can occur in soccer, you should not take something as a right.

“Each match is tough, you at all times must go on the market and play. I have been lucky in that I’ve had some excellent gamers who like enjoying the sport, they take pleasure in being on the market and like taking dangers.

“The gamers are those who deserve the credit score. I attempt to clarify my thought course of and there may be nonetheless a protracted strategy to go.”

Giorgio Chiellini, who was later pressured off injured, had an early objective disallowed by VAR for handball earlier than Locatelli struck after 26 minutes when he began and completed a swift Italian transfer.

His second got here seven minutes after the break when the Sassuolo midfielder collected Nicolo Barella’s move and his fierce 20-yard shot discovered the underside nook.

Leonardo Bonucci has helped keep two clean sheets
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Leonardo Bonucci has helped maintain two clear sheets

Italy have been by no means significantly troubled by Switzerland, who face Turkey subsequent needing to win to face an opportunity of progressing, and Motionless sealed victory as Yann Sommer couldn’t maintain out his low drive from 25 yards with a minute left.

Switzerland boss Vladimir Petkovic stated: “We performed in opposition to a powerful staff, they brought on us plenty of issues and we weren’t 100 per cent.

“We have been insecure on the pitch which is generally not in our character. It is disappointing, I’ve already talked to the staff and from tomorrow now we have to look forward, be constructive and prepared for our decisive match in opposition to Turkey to have the prospect to make the final 16.

“Italy are an excellent aspect and in the event that they maintain going as they’ve been doing they’ve the whole lot it takes to make it to the semi-finals. There are different sides who’re excellent.”

Who can cease the Italians?

Italy have impressed in their opening two games
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The Azzurri have impressed of their opening two video games

Sky Sports activities’ Ben Grounds:

‘Gary Neville mirrored on his personal hesitancy at half-time to name Switzerland a “good” staff in his position as an ITV pundit, however what grew to become more and more obvious was that he ought to have proven extra braveness in his personal notion.

‘They arrived on a very good run, unbeaten in eight stretching again to final November, however nonetheless with out the assumption they may win a giant recreation.

‘Italy have been by no means in bother. The most important concern for Roberto Mancini’s aspect is they could arrive within the knockout levels having not been examined.

‘Now unbeaten in 29 video games in all competitions since a UEFA Nations League defeat in opposition to Portugal in 2018, Mancini will likely be at pains to verify they turn into the primary staff since Germany in Euro 2012 to report three group-stage wins.

‘Solely as soon as of their historical past have they gone on an extended run with out defeat (30 video games between November 1935 to July 1939). They’ll match that run when Wales go to Rome on Sunday, however there’s a rising perception {that a} first European Championship triumph since 1968 is inside their grasp.’

What’s subsequent?

The ultimate spherical of Group A fixtures takes place on Sunday with Italy internet hosting Wales on the Stadio Olimpico at 5pm with Switzerland travelling to Baku for an important encounter with Turkey on the similar time.





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