Why Italy might prefer to be behind Wales

by | Jun 19, 2021 13:22 | News, Azzurri, Euro 2020, Italy, Newsnow

Roberto Mancini assures Italy ‘want to win the group’ with a victory against Wales, but being runner-up could be more beneficial for the Azzurri going forward at Euro 2020.

They have six points from two games so far in Group A and go head-to-head with Wales on Sunday at 17.00 UK time, the Dragons on four points.

The winners of Group A will meet the runners-up of Group C in the Round of 16, which would probably be Ukraine or Austria.

The path from then on would be trickier, most likely running into Belgium, then France in the semi-final.

On the other hand, the runners-up in Group A would face the team that finished second in Group B, so between Finland, Russia and Denmark.

The quarter-finals can bring the Netherlands, then someone between England, Portugal, France and Spain for the semi-finals.

Nonetheless, Mancini assured Sky Sport Italia today that he has no intention of holding back or handing the top spot to Wales, especially as it would mean ending Italy’s 29-game unbeaten run.

A point will be enough to secure first place in Group A.

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