Euro 2020 Italy Preview: After missing out on the FIFA World Cup 2018 having failed to qualify, Italy will be eager to put on a show in the UEFA Euro 2020. Italy had reached the quarterfinals of the previous Euro tournament. They have taken part in as many as 9 Euro editions which is more than others teams in their Group A.
Italy in Group A of Euro 2020: Italy will begin their Euro 2020 campaign against Turkey.
Under the former Manchester City manager, Roberto Mancini, Italy have seen a change in fortunes with on-field performances getting better. With the likes of youngsters Moise Kean and Andrea Belotti making a mark for the national team, Mancini has slowly built a side that can challenge a title contender.
Italy in Group A: Head-to-head record
Italy have been clubbed alongside weaker opponents in Turkey, Switzerland and Wales in Group A. They will begin their campaign against Turkey on June 12 and aim to continue their winning run in the group and qualify for the knockouts. Their toughest opponent in Group A will be Wales which will include stars such as Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey. However, Switzerland with their giant-killer record in big competitions could also pose a threat.
v Turkey W-7; D-3; L-0
v Wales W-7; D-0; L-2
v Switzerland W-28; D-22; L-8
Italy Euro 2020 schedule/fixtures
June 12: vs Turkey, 12:30 AM at Stadion Olimpico, Rome
June 17: vs Switzerland, 12:30 AM at Stadion Olimpico, Rome
June 20: vs Wales, 9:30 PM at Stadion Olimpico, Rome
Where to watch Euro 2020 Italy matches in India?
Live streaming and telecast of all Euro 2020 matches in India will be available on Sony Sports Network and their OTT platforms Sony Liv.
Italy squad for Euro 2020:
Goalkeepers: Alessio Cragno (Cagliari), Gianluigi Donnarumma (Milan), Alex Meret (Napoli), Salvatore Sirigu (Torino)
Defenders: Francesco Acerbi (Lazio), Alessandro Bastoni (Inter), Cristiano Biraghi (Fiorentina), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Giovanni Di Lorenzo (Napoli), Alessandro Florenzi (Paris), Gianluca Mancini (Roma), Leonardo Spinazzola (Roma), Rafael Toloi (Atalanta)
Midfielders: Nicolo Barella (Inter), Gaetano Castrovilli (Fiorentina), Bryan Cristante (Roma), Manuel Locatelli (Sassuolo), Lorenzo Pellegrini (Roma), Matteo Pessina (Atalanta), Stefano Sensi (Inter), Marco Verratti (Paris)
Coach: Roberto Mancini
Italy squad for Euro 2020, Players to watch out for:
Giorgio Chiellini- Captain Giorgio Chiellini is one of the biggest name in Italian football. He has appeared in record 403 matches for Juventus and made 106 appearances for Italy.
Moise Kean- 21-year-old Moise Kean has impressed in his short spell with Juventus (Serie A), Everton (Premier League) and Paris St. Germain (Ligue 1). He would bring in a lot of experience at such a young age which is a very good sign for Italy.
Marco Verratti- Midfielder Marco Verratti has appeared in 223 matches for Paris St. Germain in Ligue 1. He has also made 40 appearances for Italy.
Italy, Euro 2020 – Predictions
With a strong squad and only quality opponents in Wales, Italy are expected to top Group A.