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England and Italy deservedly face each other in the Euro 2020 final, and it’s expected to be a massive tactical battle between the two sides.
Former Chelsea and Italy manager Antonio Conte has given his tactical analysis of the English team and has revealed the strengths and weaknesses of the England midfield and also striker Harry Kane.
“Unlike Spain, who tended to pass it backwards, they always try to hit you in one-on-one situations,” Conte said.
“Many praise Harry Kane for his ability to go get the ball and play with the team, such as with the equaliser against Denmark.
“Of course, he’s good at that too, but it’s in the box where he’s clinical and as a coach, I would always keep him in there, because he’s devastating.
“There are two very physical midfielders like Rice and Phillips, who bring balance, but very few vertical passes, often going for the simple option.
“A weak spot for England is that if their defence is pressed when building out from the back, they aren’t as good as Spain at escaping the press. However, if you are ultra-attacking in your press and they do escape, then watch out for their pace upfront.
“Again, this is when Italy must show their experience at reading the various moments of the game.”