Italy continue their sublime performance in Euro 2020 as the side thumped Switzerland 3-0. Roberto Mancini’s side has reached the top of Group A after two wins.
Manuel Locatelli scored a brace in the contest while Ciro Immobile also registered his name on the scoresheet.
If Italy either defeat or draw against Wales in the next match, they will move onto the knockout rounds. One thing to worry about is Italy captain Giorgio Chiellini, who went through tests after limping off injured in the 24th minute of the contest.
Francesco Acerbi’s POV
Francesco Acerbi, who substituted Chiellini, feels that the taxing scheduling of events caused his captain the agony.
Acerbi said: “This is what happens with a tournament after a long season, there is fatigue, you have to be always ready when called upon. I didn’t even have a second of warm-up. I saw Chiellini seemed fine and then all of a sudden he took off his armband and needed to come off.”
Speaking about Azurri’s second win in a row, the centre-back was elated that Italy’s campaign is so far brilliant.
“We try to attack and defend as a team, that’s why we score many goals and concede so few. It’s been going well so far,” Acerbi said.
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“There might be three or four sides in the tournament who have better talents or individuals, but I said before the competition started that there was something in the air with this group. I think we can go far.”
Roberto Mancini’s statement
Roberto Mancini insists that Italy are strong contenders to take home Euro 2020. However, he was of the opinion that it’s tough to excel when top European sides are battling for glory.
The Italy coach said: “In the European Championship there’s France, Portugal and Belgium – one of those are world champions, another are European champions and the other are the number one ranked side in the world.
“These are teams who have been built over a number of years and it’s only natural they are further along than us but everything can happen in football, you shouldn’t take anything for granted. Every match is difficult, you always have to go out there and play.”
Mancini said that he is fortunate to have such players in the team who like playing the game. “They enjoy being out there and like taking risksThe players are the ones who deserve the credit. I try to explain my thought process and there is still a long way to go,” he added.
Vladimir Petkovic blames insecure attitude
Switzerland boss Vladimir Petkovic admitted that his team was not at their best against Mancini’s troops.
“We were insecure on the pitch which is normally not in our character. It’s disappointing, I have already talked to the team and from tomorrow we have to look ahead, be positive and ready for our decisive match against Turkey to have the chance to make the last 16,” Petkovic remarked.
“Italy are a great side and if they keep going as they have been doing they have everything it takes to make it to the semi-finals. There are other sides who are very good.”