Patrick Vieira believes Italy will struggle to go the distance in Euro 2020 as they lack ‘intensity, power and pace’… despite becoming the first team to make the knockout stages with impressive 3-0 win over Switzerland
Patrick Vieira says Italy will struggle to go all the way in Euro 2020 despite becoming the first team to make it through to the knockout stages of the tournament.
Vieira was not satisfied with Italy’s performance during their 3-0 win over Switzerland on Wednesday – claiming Roberto Mancini’s side lack ‘intensity, power and pace’.
Gary Neville agreed with the World Cup winner by saying Italy will ‘fall short’ at Euro 2020 despite claiming six points from their opening two group games.
Italy are the first team at Euro 2020 to book their place in the last 16 after beating Switzerland
Speaking after Italy’s victory on Wednesday night, Vieira told ITV: ‘I think the first two games that they played were two easy games.
‘Of course… you have to [beat] what is in front of you, but I still have doubts they can go to the end.
‘I believe that they lack intensity, lack power, pace, to be even more dangerous going forward, so I’m still going to wait.
‘I think it’s still a bit too early to take Italy into consideration, that they can go to the end.’
However, Patrick Vieira (above) says that Italy will struggle to go all the way in Euro 2020
He said on Wednesday that Roberto Mancini’s side lack ‘intensity, power and pace’
Neville harboured the same reservations as Vieira and said he thought Italy would ‘fall short’ during this summer’s European Championship.
He said: ‘Italy were not in trouble all night, the worry for Italy is that they’ve not been tested.
‘Italy are achieving their maximum, but I agree with Patrick, I feel they will fall short, they do everything they do well though.
‘You know they will give their all, they fill the areas, fill the box, midfield runners. They are a passionate team and it will be interesting to see how they do against a good team.’
Gary Neville agreed by saying Italy will ‘fall short’ despite claiming six points from two games
Nevertheless, Mancini’s (left) side are now unbeaten in 29 games in all competitions
Despite Vieira and Neville’s concerns, Mancini will be feeling confident heading into the knockout stages of the competition.
Italy are now unbeaten in 29 games in all competitions – registering their last loss in a UEFA Nations League game against Portugal in 2018.
Only once in their history have they completed a longer run without suffering a defeat (30 games between November 1935 to July 1939).
Additionally, Mancini will be looking to not only break their own record but also become the first team since Germany in Euro 2012 to record three group-stage wins.