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Italy Must Be Wary Of Englands One On One Scenarios In Attack According To Antonio Conte

Antonio Conte has cautioned Italy about the perils of England’s ‘one-on-one scenarios’ in attack and’sniper’ Harry Kane, but has also pointed out a defensive flaw ahead of the Euro 2020 final.

On Sunday, Italy will meet Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions in the European Championship final at Wembley, and Conte has run the rule over them, assessing their strengths and vulnerabilities.

The 51-year-old former Juventus and Chelsea manager said that the defense could be weak when pressured, but warned Roberto Mancini’s side to be wary of England’s speed and deception on the break.

Antonio Conte, the former Italy manager, has shared his thoughts on England’s strengths and vulnerabilities ahead of the Azzurri’s European Championship final against them on Sunday. Conte cautioned the Italy defense to avoid ‘one-on-one situations’ with England attackers, saying: ‘Unlike Spain, who liked to pass it backwards, (England) always tried to hit you in one-on-one situations.’

Dribbling, cutting inside, and overlaps are all examples of dribbling.

There’s (Raheem) Sterling, (Bukayo) Saka, (Phil) Foden, (Jadon) Sancho, and (Jack) Grealish, among others.

‘And then there’s Harry Kane.’

Many people laud his ability to go fetch the ball and connect with the squad, as evidenced by his equalizer against Denmark.

Of course, he’s very excellent at that, but his strength lies in the middle of the penalty area, where he’s a sharpshooter, and I’d keep him there as a manager at all times because he can be deadly.

‘They have two extremely physical midfielders in (Declan) Rice and (Kalvin) Phillips in the middle of the park, capable players who bring balance but few vertical passes, often opting for the easy option.’

One of England’s flaws is that they aren’t as good as Spain at avoiding their opponents’ press when their defense is pressed.

‘But if you go after them with ultra-offensive pressing and they do escape, then look out for their quickness up front,’ the ex-Chelsea manager stated, praising England captain and striker Harry Kane as a’sniper’ and ‘devastating’ player. ‘But if you go after them with ultra-offensive pressing and they do escape, then watch out for their pace up front,’ he said.

The Azzurri have old stagers Giorgio Chiellini, 36, and Leonardo Bonucci, 34, at the core of their defense, with backup Emerson Palmieri at left-back following the injury to the outstanding Leonardo Spinazzola.

Mancini, on the other hand, will be aware that his frightening front three of Lorenzo Insigne, Federico Chiesa, and Ciro Immobile will be one of the most potent threats England has faced throughout the tournament.

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