Verratti Y Nicoló
Barella, stars of Italy’s midfield trio, touched the perfect match this Friday in a 2-1 win against Belgium in the quarterfinals of the Eurocup and they completed, together, 200 passes over 209 attempts, a 96% success rate that turns them into a clock to mark the rhythms of the team of Robert
To those numbers that defy perfection was also added the goal signed by Barella to pass from Verratti, which broke the equality and opened the way for Italy to the semifinals, in which he Spain, after his victory in the penalty shoot-out against Swiss.
Locatelli and Pessina, also protagonists
The decision of Mancini to confirm his trio in the center of the field, although he also Manuel
Locatelli Y Matteo
Pessina were protagonists of great performances in the last matches, gave him the reason once again and triggered the confidence of a team that, after reaching the “final four” of Wembley, wants to complete the job.
At the Allianz Arena Munich game Italy he freed himself from the pressure noticed in the second round before Austria, when he had to go through extra time to advance, and played a full match, in which the granite defense of Giorgio
Chiellini and the circulation of the ball offered by the center of the field.
99% of Jorginho in passes
The numbers are not deceiving. Jorginho completed 74 of his 75 passes (99%), Verratti connected 89 of 92 (97%) and Barella achieved 37 out of 42 (88%).
Italy was entrusted to them to manage the ball in the face of Belgian pressure and to pick up the pace in the face of their attacks, with the help of a Lawrence Insigne and a Frederick
And despite the fact that the center forward Cyrus
Immobile Once again held back by the pressure of a big event, something they are working on with commitment, Italy managed to illuminate the Allianz Arena with some great offensive combinations.
The first goal was born from intense pressure from the Italian midfield. Verratti recovered the ball in a three-quarter line and offered it to Barella, who broke the rival marking and struck down Thibaut
Courtois with a crossed right hand.
The second originated from a large vertical pass of Jorginho, increasingly leading in midfield, for Insigne. The Neapolitan winger easily dribbled to Youri
Tielemans, who was already cautioned and could not force the defensive intervention, and released a curved right hand from outside the area that put land in between Italy Y Belgium.
It is the goal that Distinguished always looking, with a curved shot that enters the square. Normally he lacks precision, but this Friday the attempt was finally rewarded with a great goal.
Chiellini and Bonucci, intractable
To the outstanding performance of the midfield was added the contribution of Giorgio
Chiellini Y Leonardo
Bonucci, intractable in defense, and of the meta Gianluigi
Donnarumma, decisive with a great save after a shot from Kevin
With their brilliant game and maximum confidence, Italy will prepare until Monday at the Coverciano technical center for the semifinal appointment against Spain, a team whose style has marked a glorious era, with two Euro Cups and a world.
A great game in sight at Wembley, between two teams that came out without being favorites and that based on play made a gap among the greatest.