Mertens: ‘Italy strong tactically’

by | Jun 11, 2016 13:47

Dries Mertens warned Belgium that Italy and Antonio Conte “are very strong tactically, especially in defence.”

The two nations begin their Euro 2016 campaign on Monday evening in Lyon, sharing Group E with Sweden and the Republic of Ireland.

“We know Italy well, they are a strong side with a very good defence,” Napoli winger Mertens told Sky Sport Italia.

“It is always difficult to create goal-scoring opportunities against a team like this, with a Coach who is very strong tactically.

Dries Mertens warned Belgium that Italy and Antonio Conte “are very strong tactically, especially in defence.”

The two nations begin their Euro 2016 campaign on Monday evening in Lyon, sharing Group E with Sweden and the Republic of Ireland.

“We know Italy well, they are a strong side with a very good defence,” Napoli winger Mertens told Sky Sport Italia.

“It is always difficult to create goal-scoring opportunities against a team like this, with a Coach who is very strong tactically.

“We are fully aware that it will be extremely difficult for us, so we need to be ready.

“Conte’s sides are always clammed up at the back, but I think they can do damage in attack too.”

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