Ex Italy midfielder, Gianluca Zambrotta has come out to say that he feels the present squad will start a new cycle of success for the Azzurri. He recently revealed that he believes the country will earn a victory over England in the Euro 2020 final.
According to him, after Italy lifted the World Cup in 2006, it has clearly taken time for a new generation to emerge, but he thinks the current players are ready to go all the way.
He added that there are lots of cycles in football, and nations cannot stay competitive during tournaments all the time.
His words, “There are cycles in football. After the 2006 and 2010 World Cups, the Italian national team changed generation and it took a few years to become a competitive team again.”
“As early as 2012, the national team reached the final against Spain with (Cesare) Prandelli and reached the European Championship in 2016.”
“They were different eras, but I have to say that Italy is now younger and bigger in terms of gameplay and players. This is a new Italy with important results coming in the right way and at the right time.”
“This generation hopes to win the European Championship and then qualify for the World Cup in Qatar in 2022. A team created at a crucial moment; we hope they can give us great satisfaction.”
“It’s hard to say whether Italy will win, England also made an important journey to the final. They play at home and that’s an advantage, but it can be bad if you can’t handle the pressure.”
“It will be an open match, both teams deserve to be the final.”
“England has always had a national team with an important football tradition, but they have only won (the World Cup) in 1966 in its history, which is little compared to what English football has achieved at club level, given the teams in the Premier League and the teams that have won the Champions League and Europa League.”
“English football has always been important, but at the national level they have unfortunately only won once. Now with the key factor of playing at home in this final they have the opportunity to win an important trophy after many years.”
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