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Italy’s Chiellini ready for sturdy England team

Italian player Giorgio Chiellini admits he assumed Roberto Mancini was insane when he talked about Italy winning UEFA EURO 2020, but he’s ready for Harry Kane and England team which is not pretty, but sturdy. Italy will face England in the final of Euro 2020 at Wembley Stadium on Sunday at 20.00 UK time and on Monday at 12:30 am as per IST.

This is an incredible 32-game unbeaten streak for a team that had failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup when Roberto Mancini took coach. “It is a dream that we cultivated over three years and the coach drilled it into our heads until it became a reality,” Chiellini told RAI Sport.

“When he told us at the start to think about winning the Euros, we thought he was crazy, and yet we are right there on the verge and just one centimeter away from the trophy. We thought that we’d be facing France rather than Spain in the semi-final, as they were the big favorites, they had all the quality needed and international experience. I thought France was a step above the rest, so I had assumed our path towards the Final would be Belgium, France, and England.”

“I immediately thought England would be a serious candidate to win the Euros. They have quality and physicality, are solid and organized. They might not be easy on the eye, but they are hard to beat. They reached the semi-final at the World Cup, plus it was predictable England would be in the Final of the Euros, as they played six out of seven games on home turf.”

“Kane is a player I have always liked a great deal. I remember one of his first international in Turin and he immediately made a good impression on me. We’ve been fortunate enough to play against Tottenham, so I know him well,” continued Juventus defender Chiellini.

“England aren’t just Kane, though, as they also have exceptional players attacking down the wings. Their bench alone could win the Euros, as yesterday they had Jack Grealish, Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, and Phil Foden. It’s going to be a great game of football, neither side will be afraid and we’ll both respect each other.”

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