The Keys to Italy
Following the spine created with Donnarumma, Bonucci and Jorginho, it would be logical to conclude it with the striker. But beyond Immobile, Italy's greatest attacking threat comes from Lorenzo Insigne, a 30-year-old winger capable of anything with the ball at his feet.
At 1.63m tall, Insigne always appears on lists of the shortest players. He could also be included in any list of the most dangerous and unbalanced players. His goal against Belgium, with that curling shot he likes so much, was the definitive boost.
And the fact is that not so long ago, around a scarce decade, the Spanish national team marked a before and after in the history of soccer. The victory in the final of Euro 2012 against Italy sealed Spain's hegemony, achieving something unprecedented to date: winning the magical treble of Euro (2008), World Cup (2010) and Euro (2012) in a row.
On September 10, 2018, everything changed. Italy lost to Portugal in the Nations League (1-0) and Roberto Mancini, the coach chosen to forget the humiliation of being left out of the World Cup in Russia, made a key decision. Farewell to the 4-4-2, welcome to the 4-3-3. Since then, the Azzurri have gone 32 games without defeat and 13 consecutive victories.
a number with history
That kid who didn't want to go to school and got up at six in the morning to work at the flea market is now shining with the national team. Wearing the Azzurri's 10 always weighs heavily. That number was worn by Baggio, Del Piero and Totti.
The bar is very high, but Insigne has prolonged in the Euro his great season with Napoli (19 goals, 11 assists). "It's the best moment of my career, I've never had so much fun," says the winger, who has a huge tattoo of Maradona's face on his thigh.