When it came straight to the point
Belgium have won just four of their 22 encounters with Italy. Fourteen defeats haunt them. It is the story of a fight between Italy coach Roberto Mancini and Belgium coach Martinez. In 2013, Martinez’s Wigan Athletic Mancini defeated Manchester City to become FA Cup champions and make history.
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Who among the teams …
Key players Kevin de Bruyne and captain Eden Hazard have been ruled out with injuries. They left the field without completing the match against Portugal. Coach Roberto Martinez is examining the medical reports of his players. Hazard has a muscle injury and De Bruyne has an injury. The final indication is that the quarterback will not be able to play. Martinez has given 24 outfielders a chance in the first four games of the Euros. Only the goalie did not change. Timothy Custagne was ruled out with a facial injury in the first game. Thomas Munier and Thorgan Hazard will continue as wing backs. Axel Witzel and Yuri Telemans will remain in the midfield. Mertens, Lukaku, Carrasco lead.
The power of Italy
Italy coach Roberto Mancini needs to think a bit about choosing a starting lineup. Substitutes Matteo Pesina and Manuel Locateli have scored well. PSG midfielder Marco Verratti shone when he returned from injury. The question for Mancini is who to consider for the midfield. Barrera, Jorge Gino and Verratti will play in midfield, Cheese and Insane on the wings and Zero Immobil as a striker. Captain Giorgio Kelleni, who was ruled out of the quarterfinals due to injury, will return.
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Possibility starting lineup …
Belgium: Courtois (goalie), Alderweireld, Vermaelen, Vertohen, Thorgan Hazard, Witzel, Telemans, Munier, Mertens, Lukaku, Karasco.
Italy: Donnarumma (goalie), de Lorenzo, Bonucci, Kelleni, Spinasola, Barela, Verratti, Cheese, Immobile, Insine.
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