Sunday October 13 2019
Van't Schip: 'Italy in Euro 2020 favourites'

Greece Coach John van’t Schip believes Italy “can be one of the favourites to win Euro 2020” after maintaining their perfect qualifying record.

The Azzurri beat Greece 2-0 in Rome last night thanks to a Jorginho penalty and deflected Federico Bernardeschi strike, booking their spot at the tournament with seven wins out of seven.

“I would like to congratulate Italy on the victory and their qualification,” said van’t Schip in his Press conference.

“We had a good start to the game and were very disciplined, not giving Italy any space. It was different in the second half, as they really pressed our defenders and we were pushed deeper and deeper. It’s a pity, as we had two good chances before the penalty, but we didn’t take them.

“We knew that we could cause Italy problems on the counter-attack, but after the second goal, it was really difficult to get back into it.”

Topping the group means Italy are now guaranteed playing their three Euro 2020 group games at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.

“Italy have always been a great footballing nation. The crisis they went through two years ago in failing to qualify for the World Cup is behind them now.

“They’ve got excellent defenders, midfielders and talented forwards. Italy can be an excellent outsider for Euro 2020, maybe even one of the favourites. I see no reason why they can’t win.”

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