This was conveyed by the former Italian coach, Arrigo Sacchi. He had guessed that by looking at the England line-up that played Keiran Trippier instead of installing Bukayo Saka.
Gareth Southgate’s strategy was successful at the start of the match at Wembley, Monday (12/7/2021) early morning WIB. England took the lead through Luke Shaw’s goal in the second minute.
England failed to win Euro 2020 after losing on penalties to Italy. Photo: Getty Images/Carl Recine – Pool
Italy could equalize 1-1 in the 67th minute via Leonardo Bonucci. During the penalty shootout, Italy scored 3 goals via Domenico Berardi, Leonardo Bonucci, and Federico Bernardeschi.
Meanwhile, English only reply via Harry Kane and Harry Maguire. The Three Lions team also lost 2-3 in the penalty shootout.
“England imitated us: they scored one goal then all the defenders, like the teams that still believe so strongly in Rappan, who created Catenaccio last century,” Sacchi said. The Gazzetta dello Sport.
“Maybe Southgate thinks he’s playing against an Italian team that only knows how to defend and counter-attack.”
“Playing a defender, Keiran Trippier compared to Bukayo Saka, has revealed a lot about Southgate’s tactics, as it turns out he doesn’t know much about the ideas of his colleague Roberto Mancini.
“We are scared English will try to emulate the performances of Austria and Spain, based on pressing, which has already caused problems for the Azzurri.”
(nasty / then)