“You have to be prepared to give 120%!” On the eve of facing Italy for the first time as head of Switzerland, Vladimir Petkovic fully appreciates the challenge that awaits his players.
“We are meeting not only a group of favourites, but also a team that is emerging as one of the favorites of the tournament., Vladimir Petkovich continues. “We’ve always had matches one after the other, it became blurry. I will prepare my best team against Italy on Wednesday to aim for victory.”
After Saturday’s game in Baku against Wales “that we dominated for 75 minutes”, Petkovic expects an open meeting. “The Italians play with great confidence, he lets go. But we have proved in the past that we can face such a team.”
Mancini expects tough match
Italian coach Roberto Mancini completely assumed this role of favorite assigned to his team. “English bookmakers see us this way. And they’re rarely wrong”Laughs the Italian coach.
“But I expect a tough game. Switzerland has always been a very tough opponent to maneuver. They are a team that knows how to play football. We have to play perfectly to win. We can’t make any mistake.” Can.”
Italy: with or without Veratti?
In the Italian camp, the only question revolves around the presence of Marco Verratti. After recovering from his right knee injury, the PSG half resumed mass training on Sunday. He is fit to play, but Roberto Mancini could give him more time and bring Manuel Locatelli back to the middle row with Jorginho and the wonderful Nicolo Barella.
Austria: Arnautovic under scrutiny
UEFA has launched a disciplinary investigation against Austrian Marko Arnatovic, who admitted to using abusive language during the country’s Euro win against North Macedonia (3-1) on Sunday. Several media have assured that the Serbian-born striker has insulted Leeds defender Ezjan Alioski, referring to his Albanian origin.
Semi-finals and final in front of 40,000 fans
The semi-finals and final will be played in front of 40,000 fans at Wembley, the largest crowd in the UK in more than 15 months. Officials have increased the gauge as part of public testing events. This represents about 50% of the capacity of Wembley Stadium for the Euro. 50% will be changed on the occasion of the second round of 16 scheduled in London.