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Emanuele Giulianelli’s Italy v Switzerland preview: Azzurri look to extend unbeaten run

| 12.06.2021

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After the huge 3-0 win against Turkey, Italy face Switzerland in their second game in Group A. Their opponents come into this game following a disappointing 1-1 draw against Wales, and so they need to pick up some points in this match if they want to progress to the knockout stage.

The 3-0 victory was Italy’s biggest score in their Euros history and the side will be determined to maintain their unbeaten run of 28 matches. They have faced Switzerland 58 times, but never in this competition and just two times at the World Cup.

“They’re a great team who play good football, they are quite an attacking side too, so we need to pay attention and stay focused for 90 minutes,” said Italy goalkeeper Donnarumma. The only risk for Italy in Wednesday’s match will be to underrate their opponents. Mancini is planning to start with the same XI that faced Turkey, apart from Di Lorenzo taking the place of the injured Florenzi at right fullback.

Italy will have even the advantage of being supported by the home crowd in Rome, that is really becoming their twelfth man on the pitch. I expect Azzurri to win against Switzerland, without conceding a goal.

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Emanuele Giulianelli

Emanuele Giulianelli is an Italian journalist and writer. He features in some of the biggest magazines, websites and newspapers in the world, including Corriere della Sera, The Sun, Four Four Two, Panenka, Gazzetta dello Sport, Tribal Football.

The Italian football journalist has written pieces which have been included in FIFA’s official magazine: The Weekly and AFC website. He has also been a correspondent for Reuters.

Emanuele has published six books and is a regular opinionist for BBC World Radio. Recently, he has published two kids’ book, one about Ibrahimovic and the other, Lukaku.