Sunday June 26 2016
Conti: 'Italy like in 1982'

Bruno Conti feels Antonio Conte’s Italy reminds him of the 1982 World Cup winning side. “You beat Spain by playing like Italy.”

The Azzurri face Spain in the Euro 2016 Round of 16 tomorrow at 17.00 UK time (16.00 GMT).

“This Nazionale has many points in common with our 1982 side, starting from the Coach,” Conti told La Stampa newspaper.

“I can see in certain ways that Conte resembles Enzo Bearzot. Both of them know full well how much the locker room atmosphere counts at a tournament.

“In today’s squad I see how, just like back then, they are forming a genuine team in every sense of the word.

“How do you beat Spain? By playing like Italy. Balance and counter-attack, aggressive in the spaces, keep the line high and don’t go too deep.”

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