The former Chelsea boss respects all three Lions’ abilities, but believes they can succeed if Italy takes the right steps.
Former Italy boss Antonio Conte is reviewing England’s strengths and weaknesses ahead of the Euro 2020 final – and he has some suggestions for Azure as he prepares for Sunday’s game at Wembley.
Conte is ready to talk about English football, having won the Premier League and FA Cup between 2016 and 2018 during his two years in charge of Chelsea.
He had previously spent two years in the Italian national team and believes he has identified an area of the same top that his former players could take advantage of on Sunday.
What did Conte say?
Write in your column for Gazeta dello SportConte praised England’s attacking players and said he believed Italy’s semi-final rivals would be more at risk than Spain.
“Unlike Spain, which led him backwards, [England] Conte said, who led Italy to the Euro 2016 quarter-finals.
“Dribbling, cutting and overlapping … that’s not all [Raheem] Sterling rather [Bukayo] Saka, [Phil] Fooden, [Jadon] Template: [Jack] Greenish
“And then of course. Harry Kane Many admire his ability to get the ball and connect with the team, as is the case against Denmark. Sure, he’s good at it, but it’s in the middle of the penalty that he’s very strong, a sniper, and I’ll always keep him as a manager, because he can be devastating. “
However, Conte believes that if Italy can overcome the England attacking threat, they are at the other end of the pitch.
“There are two very physical midfielders in the middle of the park [Declan] Rice and [Kalvin] Phillips, a capable player who brings balance but has very few vertical passes, often goes for the easiest option.
“One of the weak points of England is that, if their defense is suppressed while building from behind, they are not as good as Spain to be able to avoid the press of their opponents. Karr follows them and they flee, so keep an eye on their speeding front.
“Again, this is when [Italy] Players will have to experiment while reading different moments of the game.