Euro 2021 – Brief England Vs. Denmark Recap
This week I’ll be keeping the match recap of England vs Denmark. Shaw and Maguire both played and were crucial to England’s victory, but Rashford and Sancho failed to see the pitch. The match was enthralling, but other than the controversial penalty it wasn’t anything to write home about for the neutral. Shaw showed the world yet again that he is his nation’s best left back and perhaps the best in the Premier League with the poor year Andy Robertson had last season. Harry Maguire, or old slab head as they say, is the best English centre half out there right now. I expect to see these two in England’s backline for a line time to come. I hope to see Rashford and Sancho get on the pitch for the final and I hope and England win gives our lads a good taste of silverware. The Euro 2021 final is this Sunday.
Euro 2021 – Italy Vs. England
The time has come to crown a champion of this years European Championships. This Sunday at Wembley stadium in London, Italy and England will fight for that crown. Will football be coming home for the first time since 1966, or will the Azuri claim another title? England will be playing in their first final since 1966. When Sir Bobby Charlton saw England to its first and only World Cup title.
Meanwhile this will be Italy’s first final since their 4-0 defeat to Spain in the 2012 Euro final. Both sides are considered among the greatest footballing nations, although Italy has the trophies to show for it. Although in recent times, since the 2018 World Cup in particular, it has been England who’ve shown brightest. Will Italy’s resurgence under Roberto Mancini end with a trophy this summer or will Gareth Southgates England continue their impressive climb and bring England its first title in over 50 years?
Euro 2021 – England
The strangest thing about this match will be the contrast in styles. With the most odd thing about that being that Italy seem to play the way many believe England should and England play like the Italy of old. The English are loaded with talent. Specifically in the forward line with the likes of players like Harry Kane, Jadon Sancho, and Jack Grealish. Although the English have relied on strong organization and stout defending to reach this final.
There’ve been many whom have called for Southgate to switch it up or have questioned his tactics. But the fact of the matter is that Southgate has taken England to a Word Cup semi-final and Euro final in the span of just 3 years. While this impressive run continues I still can’t help but question Southgate just a bit. Many will say they’ve had an easy road to this final and an even easier road to their semi-final in the 2018 World Cup. When it comes to playing sides like Italy they will be forced to open up. Can the English take control of the game when they need to?
Euro 2021 – Italy
Italy on the contrary have been revolutionized under Roberto Mancini. The Azuri have gone 33 matches unbeaten under Mancini and will be looking to push that record to 34 this Sunday. Although it’s not just their unbeaten streak that is turning heads. The Italians are playing sexy football. Their style of football has changed completely under Mancini.
Gone seem to be the days of nicking a 1-0 lead to then sit back and hold on. Italy are no longer boring to watch, they epitomize class. With the likes of Federico Chiesa, Lorenzo Insigne, and Ciro Immobile the Italians look like an attacking machine. Italy will look to overrun England in the midfield and get the bar forward quickly. This side will attack any chance it gets and it will not hold back.
How will they lineup?
England will more than likely keep their 4-2-3-1 formation and back six to remain completely unchanged. Phillips and Rice will guard the back line look to control possession in the midfield. Their backline will consist of Shaw, Maguire, Stones and Walker. Perhaps Southgate will throw out his Trippier wildcard but with the form this backline is in I don’t see why that would happen. Pickford will be in net of course, but its the front 4 that will be harder to predict. We can safely assume Kane and Sterling start up to, but who plays the 10 role and on the right is harder to tell. Will Saka remain on the right or will Southage seek to add more creativity with the likes of Jadon Sancho? Meanwhile Southgate does love Mason Mount so my money would be on him to play the 10, but starting Jack Grealish is just the surprise selection this mach calls for.
Italy meanwhile should be much more easy to call. Mancini has prayed his entire squad for at least a few minutes throughout this tournament, but his starting 11 has taken form. Donnarumma will be the number 1 in a 4-3-3. WIth the injury to Spinazola we will most likely see Emerson oat right back. The back two will of course be Chiellini and Bonucci, while Di Lorenzo will start at right back. The three man midfield will consist of Jorginho, Verratti and Barella. And up top we will see Insigne on the left, Immobile leading the line, and Chiesa out on the right.
What can we expect from the match?
There have been many great finals throughout history and this one looks to add to that. Don’t expect anything as boring as the 2016 final. Although I did enjoy Cristiano Ronaldo lifting the silverware. No, this year we will be treated to an instant classic. Both of these sides are capable of scoring a bucket load of goals and being this is the final there will be no reason for either side to hold back. As soon as that first goal goes in, the match will doors will swing wide open. For Manchester United fans keep your eyes on Maguire and Shaw who will start the match. And be on the lookout for Rashford or Sancho to come on in the second half.
Expect goals on Sunday. England will come out hot for the first 20 min but will then look to ease back into possession and slow the game. Italy meanwhile will attempt to get their wide players down the field on the regular and look for balls over the top to their front players. If Italy can grab a goal early expect to see England throw everything forward. This game will open up as soon as Italy score and they will score. But with England’s embarrassment of riches up front, he Italians will need to keep their foot on the gas for the entirety of the match.