IntroductionItaly are not only a dominant force of European football but a powerhouse on the world stage winning the World Cup 4 times and the European Championships twice after their victory over England.
When you think about Italian football you immediately associate the national team with a programmatic approach full of masters in the art of defending players such as Maldini, Baresi, Nesta, Cannavaro and now Chiellini and Bonucci.
Italy truly did turn defending into an art form, however, under current manager Roberto Mancini the Azzurri have bucked the trend playing in a progressive and modern style more associated with club football.
Italy's turnaround started in 2018 with the embarrassment of not qualifying for the World Cup in Russia, since then Mancini has rebuilt a team that is now one of the most aesthetically pleasing sides not just on the continent but in world football.
For more information on Italy leading into the tournament then check out the link below.
Italy Euro 2020 preview
For a breakdown of the tactic see the video below
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