The Azzurri have recorded 3-0 wins over Switzerland and Turkey to already book their place within the knockout stage.
Here, the PA press agency puts the main target on the Italy team before their showdown with Wales at the Stadio Olimpico.
Italy is in imperious form and accessible of a national record. A 29-match unbeaten run has left the present side one game in need of two-time World Cup-winning coach Vittorio Pozzo’s record of 30 unbeaten games between 1935 and 1939. Italy’s last loss was against Portugal in September 2018. Since then they need to win 24 and drawn five, scoring 80 goals. Italy has scored 59 goals in their past 19 games, conceding just three, and won the last 10 with a combined scoreline of 31-0. They last conceded a goal during a 1-1 draw with Holland in October 2020.
Roberto Mancini has transformed Italy since being appointed in May 2018 – six months after the Azzurri had did not qualify for the planet Cup in Russia. Mancini has lost only two of his 34 games responsible. the previous Italy striker made a successful start to management by winning the Coppa Italia at Fiorentina and Lazio before bringing silverware to Inter Milan. He won three Serie A titles and therefore the Coppa Italia twice at the San Siro before moving to Manchester City in December 2009. Mancini won the FA Cup and Premier League in his three-and-a-half-year occupy City and had spells at Galatasaray, Inter, and Zenit St Petersburg before becoming Italy boss.
Mancini has relied on a 4-3-3 formation with its foundations built on strong defense and midfielders who want to dominate possession with crisp short passes. Italy works relentlessly out of possession to smother the space and keep opponents’ chances to a minimum. Rapid full-backs are in constant touch with wingers, who have a license to roam inside and link with the main striker Ciro Immobile. the times of Catenaccio, when one goal was ok to win a game, are over. The Azzurri don’t neglect defense, far away from it, but a more attacking system has seen them score three goals during a game for the primary time at a Euros finals.
Italy loves a defender and in Juventus pair Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci – who boast a combined age of 70 – the Azzurri have two of the simplest. Full-back Leonardo Spinazzola has been one among the sensations of Euro 2020 – and therefore the quickest having been clocked at 33.8 kilometers per hour. Chelsea’s Jorginho is that the perfect protector in Mancini’s midfield and Manuel Locatelli has an eye fixed for goal, as evidenced by his double against Switzerland. The injured Marco Verratti has yet to kick a ball at Euro 2020. there’s no lack of attacking threat, with Immobile supplemented by widemen Domenico Berardi and Lorenzo Insigne.