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ITALY vs England

Discussion in 'Euro 2012 championship' started by twistedAM, Jun 20, 2012.

  1. twistedAM

    twistedAM Left Of The Dial

    Oh look. It's like Mario is getting ready to take a penalty!
    Also looking forward to the Pirlo-Parker mismatch.
    [​IMG]
  2. Streathamite

    Streathamite ideological dogmatist

    Thank fuck we avoided spain; given how poor France were against sweden, Spain'll hammer them
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  3. Threshers_Flail

    Threshers_Flail No English, Straight Patois.

    I think on paper the Italians have the edge, there defence will be a lot tighter than what England have yet encountered, and they'll be more comfortable in possession.

    1-0 Italia says this bitter Taffy.
  4. tommers

    tommers I did it!

    If we don't beat this shower at least four nothing then we will have failed.

    Our players are world class.
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  5. Lo Siento.

    Lo Siento. Second As Farce

    The Italians
    Italy's defence had its moments against the Croatians and the Irish...
    But yeah, I think they're stronger than England. But in a tournament knockout fixture I'd say that only tips the balance 60-40 in their favour.

    I think people are overestimating how much the Italians will dominate possession. Get tight enough to Pirlo and you're not going to have De Rossi and Marchisio tiki-takaring their way around.
  6. Teaboy

    Teaboy Tryhard wannabe

    Its not so much the Italians are great at ball retention its just that everybody England has played have had a lot of possesion. Sooner or later we are going to come unstuck if we keep giving the ball away. Italy are very beatable but I still make them favourites, I'm going to say 2-1 Italy.
  7. Streathamite

    Streathamite ideological dogmatist

    all sounds right but It would be typical of England that their weakest tourney squad for years makes the semis
  8. Lo Siento.

    Lo Siento. Second As Farce

    That's true. You'd hope that Rooney's touch is a bit better on Sunday, he can drop a bit deeper and help with the ball retention. The flukiness of our progression so far has made me optimistic, so I'm going with 2-0 England, with the second coming late on, on the counter.
  9. Teaboy

    Teaboy Tryhard wannabe

    There is no doubt that England are very dangerous when we do have the ball, apparently we have the best chance conversion rate of anyone. The problem is the better teams will convert possesion into goals. I think we'll score but its what happens at the other end that concerns me.
  10. Threshers_Flail

    Threshers_Flail No English, Straight Patois.

    Yes it would, and they have been flukey. I'm really looking forward to this game, should be close and pretty tense. Would love it if Rooney and Balotelli squared up to each other, that would be the highlight of the tournament.
  11. goldenecitrone

    goldenecitrone ubi sunt

    This is going to be such a wind-up match. All the English players will be trying to get Balotelli sent off, and all the Italians will be trying to get all the England team sent off.
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  12. littlebabyjesus

    littlebabyjesus would be a rubbish god

    I'm not so sure of this. For all their possession, Spain are not creating that much. I thought Croatia looked far more dangerous and creative going forward and on another day would have won that game. Compared to four years ago, I think they lack direction. Maybe it was Senna who gave them that - a bit more of a sense of purpose at the start of attacks.

    Italy are a good team. I'd make them slight favourites, but only slight favourites.
  13. Threshers_Flail

    Threshers_Flail No English, Straight Patois.

    Good news for Ingerlund in that Chiellini looks set to miss the game, he is the rock at the heart of the Italian defence, big loss for them.
  14. Lo Siento.

    Lo Siento. Second As Farce

    Possession isn't necessarilly too much of an issue, it depends how you're moving the ball, and how it's being defended. Spain against Croatia and Italy had a ton of possession, but it didn't make them very threatening because it was slow possession with little penetration and little capacity to move the oppositions defence about.
  15. twistedAM

    twistedAM Left Of The Dial

    Yeah. I read a good article somewhere analysing the Spanish set up. They now have two defensive midfielders in Alonso and Bastards instead of just the one.
  16. littlebabyjesus

    littlebabyjesus would be a rubbish god

    What happened to Senna? I thought he was just about Spain's best player four years ago, and then he disappeared.
  17. Lo Siento.

    Lo Siento. Second As Farce

    age and injuries. He's 36 now.
  18. littlebabyjesus

    littlebabyjesus would be a rubbish god

    Ah, that'll be why. :)

    I hadn't heard of him before the last euros, so assumed he was young-ish.
  19. Teaboy

    Teaboy Tryhard wannabe

    This is the great thing about Balotelli, you just have no idea what he is going to do. Is he going to be all matey with the English team particuarly his Man City team mates or is he going to chin Joe Hart twice in the first minute? Who knows?
  20. Threshers_Flail

    Threshers_Flail No English, Straight Patois.

    Man is a legend.
  21. Streathamite

    Streathamite ideological dogmatist

    oh god yes, oh please let it happen....:D
  22. twistedAM

    twistedAM Left Of The Dial

    Mario will probably get 6-1 or a replica of the Premiership Trophy dyed into his mane. He'll try to wind up Rooney for sure though Wayne isn't as gullible as Ferdinand.

    [​IMG]
  23. Lord Camomile

    Lord Camomile Unknown Member

    he he he, that's a great photo. All the chaos and fury around him and he's just looking at the camera with a "why always me?" face :D
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  24. gabi

    gabi Well-Known Member

    You're italian.. ? :hmm:
  25. dessiato

    dessiato Galatians 6:10

    He's driving for Williams.
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  26. JimW

    JimW 支那暗杀团

    That relies on the surprise factor of us appearing in their half :D
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  27. Dandred

    Dandred Mmmmm Beer!

    You're Italian?

    gabi beat me to it.....:)
  28. twistedAM

    twistedAM Left Of The Dial

    Uhh, forgot to add a poll. How does one do that?
  29. Teaboy

    Teaboy Tryhard wannabe

    You've also put Italy in block capitals for some reason, you trying to tell us something?
  30. twistedAM

    twistedAM Left Of The Dial

    That must have been subliminal but yeah I want Italy to win, though through no fault of Hart or Lescott.

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