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Euro 2020: Can the perfect mix of youth & experience help Italy?

Jun 08, 2021 11:53 IST | By Editorji News Desk

Following their shock absence from the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Italy will have a point to prove as they have their eyes set on the European Championship. A flawless qualifying campaign saw them reach 11 consecutive victories as they join Turkey, Wales and Switzerland in Group A.

After failing to qualify for the World Cup in Russia, senior players like Buffon, Barzagli, Danielle de Rossi announced their retirement from international football. Former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini was then appointed as their manager with Giorgio Chiellini leading the pack.

In his 3 years with the Italian national team, Mancini has given an international debut to more than 30 players. With a very talented squad, most eyeballs will be on Gianluigi Donnarumma who will have big gloves to fill as he replaces the legendary Gianluigi Buffon.

Gli Azzurri would also be determined to improve a not so good record at the Euros, having won the championship just once way back in 1968. They have ended as runners-up twice and have reached the knock-outs 7 times.

From failing to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup to become a top European force, Italy has come a long way. And with the perfect balance of experience and youth, this Italian team has the perfect opportunity to win their 2nd title at the Euros.

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