Tomorrow could see Spain’s Under 21 side lift a second consecutive European Under 21 Championship and Italy will be standing in their way in their quest to do so.
It could be Italy’s sixth title in history – their five champions medals makes them the all-time European Under 21 Championship record holders.
Italy reached the final thanks to a Fabio Borini goal to see them overcome Netherlands, who looked favourites to join Spain in the final beforehand.
Manolo Gabbiadini is Italy’s top scorer in the tournament so far. The Bologna striker will attempt to be the first man to find a way past the Spanish defence, who have not conceded once this tournament.
But Italy have only conceded once throughout this tournament and Devis Mangia’s side look more and more likely to become the graduates that can emulate Italy’s 2006 World Cup success. Giulio Donati and Matteo Bianchetti have been Italy’s stand-out rocks at the back.
Both sides possess rigid defences as well as flaring attackers. Marco Verratti and Lorenzo Insigne have been Italy’s most influential players throughout the tournament and Spain have had the quality of Thiago Alacantra and Isco on their books.
The Youth Radar prediction: Italy 0-1 Spain. What’s your thoughts?
- Result: Italy scrape past Netherlands to reach European Under-21 Championship final (sportsmole.co.uk)
- VIDEO: Madrid and Man City After Silky Spaniard Isco (theyouthradar.com)
- Fabio Borini: “It means everything” to reach European Under-21 Championship final (sportsmole.co.uk)
- European Under 21 Championship 2013: Spain 3 Norway 0 – match report: Isco, Rodrigo and Alvaro Morata score goals (dailymail.co.uk)
- Borini winner sends Italy into final (oddonion.com)