New Delhi10 minutes agoAuthor: Rajkishore/Swapnil
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The Euro Cup football tournament has reached its last stage. England will face Italy at Wembley Stadium in London late Sunday night (from 12:30 pm). England’s team has reached the final of this tournament for the first time. At the same time, Italy is the champion team of 1966. Along with this, she has also been the runner-up of the tournament held in the year 2000 and 2012.
Bhaskar spoke to Indian football star and analyst Sunil Chhetri about this match. Chhetri said that England will get the benefit of their visitors, but if both the teams play aggressively in the final, then Italy will be in the advantage. The Euro Cup final will be telecast on Sony Ten-2 and Ten-3. Read the full conversation…
Question: Whose edge is dominant in the final and why?
Answer: Both the teams reaching the final are strong. Of course, England will play the title match of this tournament for the first time, but it would be wrong to underestimate them. The teams that reach the final cannot be weak.
If both teams play with attacking strategy in mind, then Italy will be in more advantage. Italy have many players like Ciro Immobile, Lorenzo Insigne, Manuel Locatelli, Matteo Pessina, Federico Ciesa, Nicolo Barella, Balotti and Berradi, who have the ability to score.
Of Italy’s 11 goals in the tournament, 10 goals were scored by Pessina, Kiesa and Nicolo Barella. England has scored 10 goals, out of which 8 goals have been scored by Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling. If England go with two defensive midfielders Calvin Phillips and Declan Rice, then the road can be difficult for Italy.
Question: What is the role of captain Harry Kane in England’s journey? Did he get the advantage of playing at home?
Answer: It has been a big role. Kane has scored 4 goals so far. He played a key role in the win against Denmark in the semi-finals. Kane can play an important role for the team in the final as well. As far as playing at home is concerned, it definitely proves to be very helpful. Any team gets the advantage of playing in front of their audience. England also got the advantage, but sometimes it creates extra pressure in big matches.
Question: Many Italians not seen in forward form? In the quarter-finals and semi-finals, Balotti and Berradi were seen struggling in the second half.
Answer: Not in immobile form. They work very hard, but have not been able to capitalize on goal opportunities many times. Insigne and Kisa are in form. Play with one left and one with right. Both have also managed to score goals in the tournament.
Barring the match with Spain, Italy dominated the rest of the tournament. Talking about England, Harry Kane is in form. He has scored four goals in the last three matches. Raheem Sterling is there to support him. Sancho is also in form. I think there will be very few goalscoring chances in this match, the team which will be able to take advantage of the limited chances will deserve to capture the cup.
Question: Was this Ronaldo’s last Euro Cup tournament?
Answer: You and I think this is Ronaldo’s last tournament, but he is very fit and should not be surprised if he plays in the next Euro Cup. Ronaldo takes full care of fitness. I think they can play for a long time now.
Question: Along with the Euro Cup, the Copa America is also going on. Who has been your favorite player in both the tournaments?
Answer: Ronaldo in Euro Cup and Messi in America has been my favourite. Although I did not watch most of the Copa America matches, I have seen the highlights of every match of Messi. The Copa America final is going to be a lot of fun. Argentina and Brazil are both very strong teams playing the finals. I will try to watch both the finals.