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Everyone is looking forward to the Euro 2020 final clash between England and Italy.
English fans believe the trophy is come home, and it has been their theme even before the start of the competition, while Italian supporters believe it’s going to Rome, in response to their English rivals.
Former Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has given an indepth tactical analysis ahead of the game, and he believes that the Italian backline of Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini could be stretched by the pacy English forwards, particularly Raheem Sterling who has been outstanding in the competition.
Fabregas also backed Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount to come up with the goods from midfield and also Blues target Harry Kane, who can make the decisive pass.
“Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini, they love going on the front foot but they hate balls behind them and that’s why I think Raheem Sterling will be so, so important once again with his speed, especially if he can go in between the full-back and the centre-back on the Chiellini side. He can have a lot of joy,” Fabregas told the Telegraph.
“Look at the goal of Alvaro Morata for Spain or the chance for Mikel Oyarzabal, there are these little spaces behind the Italy defence when someone goes behind the defenders and they have to run deep.
“I think these runs are a strength of England because they have great passers in the final third with Mason Mount, even Harry Kane when he drops deep and Jack Grealish and Phil Foden when they get on to the pitch.”
Fabregas then backed England to win the tie as he believes they have the extra firepower from the bench.
Fabregas added: “England have top, top quality from the start and from the substitutes’ bench, and I know people will say the final is 50/50 but I think if you consider all the things together, then England are a little bit the favourites for me. They tick all the boxes.”