- Wembley Macrobottle and vandalism
The Renaissance arrives at Wembley, a second Renaissance, now football, for this exemplary Italy, emerged from the ashes of a champion, rebuilt with judgment, with good form and with ambition. He has taken a step forward in his game without forgetting the best of his DNA, his competitive capacity, his stamina and his faith, exemplified in Chiellini, a war veteranbut also young Donnarumma, standing like a Tuscan cypress, hero of Turn to Sicily. [1-1: Narracin y estadsticas]
This Italy that was not in the last World Cup, comes out of purgatory with a title, capable of resisting the best of an emerging Spain, surviving two penalty shootouts and silencing a drunken Wembley before lifting the cup. Boris johnson he had announced a holiday if it was won. Football always recommends waiting, being prudent, even with a goal in favor, like the one England found in their brilliant start. From then on, however, he did not want to be imperial. The azzurra did. Fora Italy !!
A worthy champion for this Euro as England could have been, the two most stable teams, well led by Roberto Mancini and Gareth Southgate. In the final pulse the second was better. Even the changes made for penalties, Rashford and Sancho, failed for the pros.
Trippier and shaw
Southgate started with three centers, something he already did at the World Cup in Russia. He’s got the tools: top-tier center-backs, hugely deployable and quick to anticipate, and long, precise laterals on the foot. They are the lanes, specialists with a special role in this Euro. Once in the final, Southgate sharpened his crew by lining up Trippier to the right and giving flight to Shaw on the left. A risky decision on D-day, liable to be marked as a preservation if something goes wrong. Two minutes made her audacious: Trippier’s center, measured, was caught by Shaw on the left to beat Donnarumma and turn Italy upside down.
Before Roberto Mancini could adjust the operation of his team to the maneuver of his counterpart, he was in the most compromised situation of the entire tournament, behind on the scoreboard. It had never happened to him in the Euro. Luis Enrique He also surprised the Italian coach, by turning Olmo into a false nine, but Spain failed to score in the time of azzurro bewilderment. On the other hand, the team that had not conceded more than one goal in the entire tournament got it. The situation turned a hilarious Wembley, turned into the battlefield of a national cause, into an eight thousand for Italians. The way of attacking him was exemplary.
The prelude to the English goal had revealed the activation of a key piece. It was Harry kane, a nine that started out of the area, a fact that puzzled Bonucci and Chiellini. If they went after Kane, they left the area; if they stayed, the striker found cracks between the lines. Kane would either connect with Sterling, willing to try it all, or swing to the wings, where Shaw ripped off unleashed. This side for whom United paid record numbers when he was a youth has exploded this season in the Premier and with his national team.
England had, therefore, the opportunity to take advantage of an Italy that was out of its coordinates, Mancini’s team was very long, with space behind it. Verratti and Jorginho. Instead, he preferred to ensure, with the slogan of not giving space to Italy against, one of the teams with the fastest transitions. Don’t run, it was Southgate’s mandate, supported by Rice and Phillips, two emerging midfielders. It would have been better to send his people to keep running. He was wrong. The price was to give the initiative to his rival.
Chiesa, the spring
Italy, really, became of the situation could change thanks to Chiesa. It was the necessary spring. To put it bluntly, Chiesa made a living on her own, as she did against Spain, to unleash the first threat, a flat whip. He repeated it in the second part to provoke the best of Pickford and offer goal assists. The Juve striker, who did not start as a starter, has been key in the worst moments his team has gone through: he scored against Austria or Spain, and, yesterday, he bared his teeth when his team looked like a lamb on its way to slaughter. Not finishing the final due to an injury was an undeserved punishment.
Chiesa’s momentum and Insigne’s movements caused England to give ground and allow Italy to evolve in the three quarters. Mancini did not wait and made decisions, when taking to the field Berardi and Cristante. He was faster than Southgate, slow to change.
What was vital, however, was not the substitutions, but the intentions, the dynamics, which became entirely the responsibility of the Italians. Sterling and Kane, from protagonists in the first half, to inditos in the second. Southgate called Saka and went to line four, but there was no way to reverse the trend. Italy came to the area with everything it had, including its centrals. With Chiellini and Bonucci in Pickford’s bedroom, the first called for a penalty and the second found the goal, just with the show of will made by Mancini’s men.
England, overwhelmed, was relieved by the extension, divided between the two teams. Penalties, no. Only Kane and Maguire scored. Donnarumma stopped Saka in fifth and Wembley fell silent. The outbreak was in the Mediterranean.