Can Antonio Conte’s Italy Defeat Germany In Euro 2016?

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The UEFA Euro 2016 quarter-finals see Germany take on Italy at Stade de Bordeaux on 2nd July, Saturday. Arguably two of the strongest sides still remaining in the competition which has seen a lot of upsets this summer, both Germany and Italy have relied on the overall strength of their squads and not individual brilliance only to get into the last eight.

On one side, Joachim Loew’s Germany boasts of the strongest side in the competition, the talent of the host nation France who will be facing Iceland a day later notwithstanding. On the other hand, Antonio Conte has coaxed out tactically masterful performances from his ageing Italy squad which has increased their odds of progressing further into the competition.

Italy come into this match with an excellent competitive Head-2-Head record against Germany, having won in three semi-final encounters before, including a win during the UEFA Euro 2012. In fact, Germany have never beaten Italy in eight competitive matches. Although history does not favor Germany, Joachim Loew’s side defeated the Azzuris in an international friendly this past March.

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Jonas Hector is the only German doubtful for this game while Italy will be without the injured Daniele de Rossi and the suspended Thiago Motta. The absence of Thiago Motta might be significant as Italy’s gameplan against Spain involved the midfielders stifling the area for the opponents.

Against Germany who have Real Madrid star Toni Kroos running the midfield channel, with the creative trio of Julian Draxler, Mesut Ozil and Thomas Muller ahead of him, future Chelsea manager Antonio Conte needs to come up with a tactical system which not only stops Germany from creating goalscoring chances but also open up the match for the likes of Eder and Graziano Pelle to score on the counter.

“We’re trying to prepare it the best way we can, as we did against Spain. It’s going to be harder for us as they are the defending world champions and a great side, but we know our own value and quality and the strength of the group, which we showed against Spain, can also cause Germany problems, if we work on their weaknesses.”

– Mattia De Sciglio, Italy.

Germany do not have many weaknesses for Italy to exploit. The Germans have been the form side of the tournament, unbeaten through out the summer. Having kept a clean sheet in all their Euro matches so far, Germany have conceded only 5.3 shots per game, while registering 20.8 shots per match themselves, the best statistical record among all the participating nations.

Antonio Conte needs to devise yet another tactically astute gameplan should Italy want to defeat Germany to make it to the semi-finals of the UEFA Euro 2016.

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