It’s been a busy day for Italy who returned to Florence from Rome and won’t play in the Capital again at Euro 2020, while Gigio Donnarumma had his medicals with PSG.
Today, the Azzurri returned to Coverciano to know they would face Austria in the Euro 2020 round of 16 next weekend.
The two sides will meet at Wembley on Sunday, June 26 at 8 pm UK time and the Austrians’ coach Franco Foda hopes to put an end to the Azzurri’s unbeaten run: “Italy haven’t lost for an eternity, but perhaps there will come a time when they lose again.”
The Azzurri’s win against Wales on Sunday means Roberto Mancini’s men are now unbeaten in the last 30 matches, having lost their last game in September 2018 against Portugal.
Italy played their three group stage games at Rome’s Stadio Olimpico but won’t return to the Capital to play again in the tournament.
If they win against Austria on Saturday, they will play the quarter-finals at Munich’s Allianz Arena while the Final Four is scheduled at Wembley despite fears due to the spread of the COVID Delta variant in the UK.
Italy’s first three games in Rome almost tasted like holidays as they snatched 3-0 wins over Turkey and Switzerland and sealed a 1-0 win over Wales.
It wasn’t as relaxing as Audrey Hepburn’s time in the Eternal City, but the toughest part of the tournament starts now for the Azzurri with the squad that will resume training in Coverciano from Tuesday.
Before going back to Florence, Gigio Donnarumma underwent his medicals with PSG in Rome ahead of a free move to the Parc des Princes.
The Ligue 1 giants are expected to release an official announcement soon with the former Milan goalkeeper who has signed a five-year, €12m-a-year deal with his new club.