Former Manchester Metropolis boss Roberto Mancini has reworked Italy since taking cost following the bitter disappointment of their failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.
The Azzurri go into the Euro 2020 last on the again of a file 33-match unbeaten run, having completed high of their group earlier than beating Austria, Belgium and Spain within the spherical of 16, quarter-finals and semi-finals respectively.
Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci has sung the praises of his head coach because the Azzurri search for a second European title and their first since 1968. Mancini has solely misplaced two of his 38 video games in command of the nationwide workforce to this point.
“Initially he labored on our mentality, he gave us confidence again, restored our shallowness and enthusiasm,” stated Bonucci.
“He made us consider what he needed was one of the simplest ways and the proper means. He chosen expertise and high quality, which is what makes you win in soccer.
“Enjoying with numerous expertise in the midst of the pitch makes every little thing simple, and that’s what we’ve got been doing for the previous three years.”
In the meantime, England defender John Stones admits Sunday’s assembly with Italy appeared like a distant dream not so way back. The Three Lions are set to play within the European Championship last for the primary time, whereas that is their first main match last since 1966.
“It is big, with it being at Wembley as effectively it is much more particular – one thing we may have solely dreamt of at first of the match,” stated Stones.
“We have got this far now and we have grown all through the match and never put an excessive amount of strain on ourselves. We have overcome some powerful checks over the previous few years.
“We have realized numerous issues and gained numerous expertise and that is acquired us to the place we’re on Sunday. It is a huge event.”