Italy produced a fine performance last night as Antonio Conte’s side opened their Euro 2016 campaign with a shock win against highly rated Belgium in Lyon.
Two counter attacking goals from Emanuele Giaccherini and Graziano Pelle sealed the 2-0 victory which was celebrated by 38-year-old Gianluigi Buffon, as if they had just won the tournament itself.
The Azzurri went into the tournament with little expectations, boasting an on-paper lacklustre and ageing squad, but once again defied the critics and produced an exceptional all round display to throw themselves back into the mixer of Europe’s elite.
It was a typical Italy performance. Solid to a tee and intelligent as a unit, the defensive cohort of Giorgio Chiellini, Andrea Barzagli and Leonardo Bonucci was almost impenetrable, and gave an albeit misfiring Romelu Lukaku barely even a sniff at goal.
The performance may just please Chelsea fans just as much as the Italian’s however, as the mastermind behind toppling the tournaments top rated team was their manager in waiting Antonio Conte.
Over the years, Chelsea have perhaps been at their most successful when built on a solid defence, exhibit A being their ‘park the bus’ Champions League style victories over Barcelona and Bayern Munich back in 2012.
As such Conte and Chelsea seem a match made in heaven, and the Italian boss will certainly look to cement the same kind of solidity at the Bridge, as he has done for the Azzurri.
Conte may bring some of his Italian stars to the Blue’s alongside him next season, which has had our Chelsea fans at the tavern jumping for joy.
Here is their dream back line next season including Man Utd’s Matteo Darmian if Conte can get his way in the Transfer window……
PRESS THE IMAGE BELOW TO SEE CONTE’S DREAM 2016/17 DEFENCE!
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