Euro 2020 / In Italy, danger comes from everywhere – Football Euro 2020


At the start of the Euro, Ciro Immobile was presented as the major offensive asset of the transalpines. But after five matches, it is clear that the danger can come from everyone.

After a group stage where the Italians clearly outclassed their opponents, the knockout matches showed a much more jostled Squadra Azzura. But in the end, Mancini’s men got away with their collective. Failing to have an attacker in their ranks who scores most of their goals, Italy has a multitude of players capable of making a difference.

Six different goal scorers

The three group stage matches set the tone for Giorgio Chiellini’s teammates. In addition to an achievement by Lorenzo Insigne, Ciro Immobile and Manuel Locatelli each scored two goals in the first two matches.. Against Wales, Mancini turned his squad and this time it was Matteo Pessina who scored.

He did it again in eighth against Austria after Federico Chiesa opened the scoring. Against Belgium, Nicolo Barella and Lorenzo Insigne sign the transalpine success, while it is again Chiesa who finds the net in the semi-final against Spain. In total, Italy relied on six different goal scorers, five of them two goals away at the Euro. Sign that each player is able to conclude the Italian actions.

Seven different decisive assistants

The diversity of Italian efficiency does not end there. According to statistics from, Squadra Azzura’s goals came from seven different assistants. If the names of Marco Verratti (2 assists), Leonardo Spinazzola (2), Ciro Immobile (1) and Nicolo Barella (1) do not come as a surprise, it is more astonishing to see players more accustomed to the bench like Domenico Berardi (2), Rafael Toloi (1) and Francesco Acerbi (1).

Yet another demonstration that it is the Italian system allows each of the players who make it up to make the team shine. This is the strength of the group made up by Mancini and the tactics put in place. Against Spain despite the absence of Spinazzola, Emerson replaced him and created one of the best chances of the match. To underline the strength of the Italian squad, note that against Austria, the two Italian goals were scored by substitutes. Roberto Mancini therefore has a homogeneous group of such impressive quality that the solution can come from each of his players.. Which makes this Squadra Azzura particularly dangerous.


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