The ideal XI of Euro Cup 2020

By Alexis Almosnino

The ideal XI of Euro Cup 2020

After 51 games and 142 goals, it is time to choose the best players in a European Championship marked by surprises and the return of a giant to the first plans. Several weighty surnames are left out.

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The European Cup of Nations closed its doors with Gianluigi Donnarumma's save to Saka in the tenth penalty of a shootout that is already part of the great history of football on the old continent. Italy, is the new champion of the tournament, but there are 11 players that had a great contest, and deserve to be featured.

- Gianluigi Donnarumma: The goalkeeper of the future is already a reality. Not only for his two penalties saved last night, but for a performance throughout the tournament that recalled the best moments of Buffon or Dino Zoff. PSG takes a goalkeeper called to be number 1 for many years.

- Kyle Walker: He did not have a prize against Italy, but there is no doubt that no one could take the right back from him. With enormous power and speed not typical of his physique, he ended up prevailing over great revelations like the Dutchman Dumfries.

- Leonardo Bonucci: An insurance with the ball at the feet and the savior of the Azzurri when it seemed that the title was staying at home. At 34 he plays with the energy of a young man of 20 and unless it is a misfortune, he is called to be one of the best center-backs in Qatar 2022.

- Giorgio Chiellini: They no longer become central like this. With 36 years over, he again showed that age is just a number with a tournament where each remove was celebrated as a goal. A leader by nature, he puts his name in the golden pages of Calcio.

- Leonardo Spinazzola: That damn Achilles tendon injury kept him from celebrating on the grass last night an award he deserved more than anyone. The best winger in the Euro on a defensive level with a display typical of other times. Mourinho and Roma await him.

- Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg: Trained by Guardiola at Bayern, the Dane was the real driving force behind the tournament's revelation. To his excellent footwork is added a sacrifice and ability to bite in the middle that helped to a large extent that Denmark could sneak into the top 4.

- Kalvin phillips: He dumped Henderson throughout the tournament and no one is surprised. An ideal man for the plans of Southgate and all of England. At 25, Leeds United seems to be too small for those who, along with Rice, are the new leaders of the English midfield.

- Federico Chiesa: He exploded in a European Championship where no one tried more than him. Daring, powerful, fast and committed in defense, he will be the flag of the champion in attack for years to come. He drove everyone crazy at Wembley last night.

- Pedri: The future of Spain passes through his feet and at only 18 years old he has shown that he is ready for the challenge. The comparisons are odious, but it is impossible not to see him as an Andrés Iniesta more than missed in La Roja in the last time.

- Mikkel damsgaard: He was a demon throughout the Euro exhibiting boldness and rebellion against the toughest defenses. At only 21 years old, his name will be more common from now on and at the very least, he can say that he scored the only free kick goal in the entire tournament.

- Harry kane: At 27 years old, he still cannot find a reward for an offensive and defensive sacrifice that leaves everyone without adjectives. With 4 goals in the final stages it was impossible not to get him into the eleven. Qatar 2022 will be his next big challenge to cut through that drought of more than 55 years in the United Kingdom.

- DT: Roberto Mancini: He revived one of the worst hit Italians in history. His first great title as DT comes after 34 undefeated games and a change of system in a team used to getting behind. Last night at Wembley he danced to his rhythm and we are all already waiting to see how he will take the Azzurri to Qatar 2022.


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