Confronting Mancini and Lucho… Will Italy allow Spain to take revenge on Spain?
Great performances by Italy at Euro 2020, to clash with the Spain team, which overcame its negative start with a remarkable development in performance, while their confrontation in the semi-finals is an unprecedented pleasure in the tournament. But before the confrontation between Italy coach Roberto Mancini and his Spanish counterpart Luis Enrique, known as “Lucho”, an earthquake occurred in the Euro 2012 final, with the 2006 world champion falling against his successor in 2010 with a clean four after a complete sweep of game and result. 4-3-3 fight Lucho uses the same 4-3-3 method as Mancini, but they both apply it differently. Enrique is trying to restore Barcelona’s style with the Spanish national team of relying on possession and making the difference by all possible means from the edges of the field and its depth, with less attention to defence. On the other hand, Mancini changed the face of Italian football and abandoned his defensive style, and started playing a balanced football between defense and attack. Mancini relies on an attacking trio that has the appropriate speeds to penetrate to the sides and from the depth, and also has elements in the midfield that can overcome any defense with charming passes. Although Spain has scored 12 goals so far in 5 matches, the Matador has received 5 goals, with one goal in each meeting. On the other hand, Italy retains its old defensive luster, as Mancini’s men have conceded only two goals in 5 matches, with their attack scoring 11 goals. Will revenge be achieved? The language of numbers says that the Spain team is stronger offensively by scoring more goals, but it also reveals the possibility of reaching its net, which the Italian team excels with, with Mancini, with an unusual intensity in major tournaments. But if revenge is intended to mean Italy winning by any result and crossing to the final, then this is possible, and is very likely, given the two teams’ journey in the tournament. As for Italy’s response to the 4-0 debt, this is highly questionable, because the major results between the major teams do not happen every day, and they can only be repeated in rare exceptional cases. Italy’s attacking method will cause a lot of trouble for Spain’s defense, which received a hat-trick from Croatia to win (5-3) at the price of the final, so Enrique must think first about blocking Italian attacks and securing his own goal before thinking about attacking. Enrique relies on goalkeeper Unai Simon behind the defensive quadruple Cesar Azpilicueta, Aymeric Laporte, Pau Torres and Jordi Alba, in front of them are the trio of Koke, Sergio Busquets and Pedri, and the attacking trio plays Ferran Torres, Alvaro Morata and Pablo Sarabia. While Mancini plays with brilliant goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma behind the defensive quadruple Giovanni Di Lorenzo, Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini and Emerson, who is expected to replace the injured Leonardo Spinazsola, in front of them is a trio who is skilled in both defense and attack, and they are Nicolo Parilla, Jorginho and Marco Verratti, behind the fiery attacking trio Federico Queez and Federico Queez And Lorenzo Insigne. In order for Italy to achieve revenge, Mancini must master the game of chess with Lucho to knock him out of the tournament. On the other hand, Spain’s victory and turning it into a knot for Italy is related to Enrique’s success in defending against the blue offensive waves.