Friday, July 1, 2016

Euro 2016 - Defensive challenge for Germany

Germany against Italy, 2 powerhouses with constrasting styles vying for a semi-final spot. Germany will start with the honors of favouritism but the Italians have been most impressive in these Euros and can easily take this match. It's a case of German's power offence against the might of the classic Italian defence. There is a saying that defence usually rules in such cases and the Italians have a strong case here; if the Germans fail to score, then Conte's men confidence will grow and they have enough in them to get the killer goal that propels them through.

This is going to be a tactical match with the Azzuri relying on their rapid counter-attacks as they come out of their defensive shell in spurts. Strong offences like Belgium and Spain have borne the brunt of these Italian tactics and Germany could very well be next. There's never great confidence going against the Germans but I do see the Italians going through.

To qualify: Italy

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