Italy may have qualified for the semi-finals of this competition but they have yet to impress, having finished top of their group despite conceding more and scoring less than second-placed Germany. Indeed their final group game against Germany was utterly dire and consisted of little more than ninety minutes of passing and no real goalmouth action.
In complete contrast, Spain showed their mettle in their opening two games and with three wins from their three outings so far, we feel it safe to say that they have thus far been the standout team at the Championships. We saw that the Spaniards possess a wealth of top-quality experienced talent with the likes of Saul and Asensio turning out for Atletico and Real. Indeed against Portugal and Macedonia, Spain were in a different class and it isn’t easy to envisage them slipping up on Tuesday evening.
Spain coach Albert Celades made numerous changes in their final group game against Serbia and as such their strongest line-up will head into this week’s semi-final having enjoyed a relatively lengthy rest, whilst the Italians put out a strong side against Germany and this lack of rest could prove crucial.
Italy have been a mixed bag in this competition and whilst they were reasonable against Denmark in the opening round of the competition, they were less impressive against the Czechs. Indeed they were effectively gifted the three points by Germany in their last outing and they certainly won’t be in line for such generosity against a Spain side which will already have the scent of victory in their nostrils.