Italy takes on Spain in Euro 2020 semi-final at Wembley on Tuesday; the winner will play England or Denmark in the final on July 11; Leonardo Spinazzola omitted for Italy, while Pablo Sarabia is an injury concern.
Italy and Spain are two teams that appear to have disregarded what it feels like to lose – but something must give in their semi-final showdown at Euro 2020.
Spain have shrugged off pre-tournament anxiety, coronavirus unrest, and grueling knockout battles to extend an outstanding run that has seen them undergo just one loss in 29 games and go unbeaten in 13
The developmental side is seeking a third European Championship trophy in four editions but Italy, another continental heavyweight renewed under Roberto Mancini, heads to Wembley maintaining not an unbeaten run of 32 fixtures, since September 2018.
The teams have encountered each other 10 times at crucial tournaments, with Italy maintaining the upper hand until Spain beat them on penalties en route to their Euro 2008 victory – before thumping them 4-0 in the final four years later.
New success is now sought after – the Kiev showdown of 2012 was the last time either side made it this far in the tournament – and while they have traditionally been considered as footballing opposites, Luis Enrique admits that the current products are more philosophically aligned.