In an encounter that was touted as the most exciting encounter on cards in the round of 16 stage turned into a one sided encounter where the Italian’s smashed the defending champions in style. Spain never looked like they were in the match and Italy even after having some less fancied player got the better out of Spain. It was the night that ended the reign of Spain’s greatest coach ever Vincent Del Bosque but in his last match Antonio Conte proved himself better by smartly using his players and devising a perfect strategy that the Spanish team couldn’t deal with.
The buildup of match was where everybody was expecting a thoughtful encounter, but from the impression of the first 10 minutes it looked that Italy will surely walk away with a win. One thing that was good for the Spanish team was that their goalkeeper was back to his basics after a poor Croatia performance and tried his best to keep them in the game but it never proved enough as the Italians easily cruised away with a victory. The Italian team was passionate enough to get in front and most importantly was tactically superior.
Italy vs Spain: Azzuries smash the defending champions out of the Tournament
The proceedings started when Eder bough the best of the Gea in the starting stages of the game and then came Graziano Pelle who was also denied by the brilliance of David de Gea. Emanuel Giaccherini came up with two sublime strikes, one of them was an overhead kick that David de Gea saved and another one was the strike that looked like doing into the far corner but was kept by the Spanish savior. Spain in the first half looked always on the brinks and then came the moment when Sergio Ramos conceded a foul just outside the box and Eder hit that free kick brilliantly, but was once again saved by David de Gea who didn’t get any help from the defenders and Chielleni came in to tap it into the net. The second half looked decent where Spain troubled Buffon but the game was killed by the Pelle’s goal.
Anotnio Conte the “Master Tactician”
One man who can be largely accredited with the Italian success was Anotnio Conte and from this match it certainly looked to me as Chelsea have struck gold. It was just impressive how the Italian player came into the attack just when they had the ball. They crowded the penalty area that troubled Spain. The way he used both his wingbacks was simply spectacular and Spanish team looked completely outclassed. He lacked the creativity in the Medfield, but blended his box to box midfielders with the brilliance of Daniel de Ross. It was a performance that truly established what he is capable of doing as he has taken ordinary looking Italy into the final eight.
It looks like the end for Spain
It was an absolute frustration to see the Spanish team tormented like they were in the last night encounter. They could not even trouble the Italian back three in the first half and came in with some decent shots only in the second half. Is this the end of Spain and if yes then what has happened to them. The first thing is that the other teams have found the flaws in the Spanish game and the other thing is they have failed to replace their star players that includes the likes of Xavi, David Villa and Fernando Torres who were the strong pillars of that team that dominated the World.
Italy just can relax
Yes, I know the Italian team has been sublime in the tournament, beating two brilliant teams, but in the final eight they will face their toughest challenge in the name prime contenders of the tournament, Germany.