The Italian football team and its reputation in the international level is unmatched. One of the most successful teams ever, lifting four World Cup trophies, and the 2006 team that would confuse anyone as a World XI team, the blues unfortunately lost their panache. However, the last night’s thrashing of Armenia and a smooth entry to the 2020 Euro Cup, are the former reigning champions returning to glory?
After a star studded squad that lifted the 2006 World Cup, they faced early exits in 2010 and 2014, and couldn’t even make it past the qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, after an embarrassing loss to Sweden.
However, things have started to change for the Azures. Robert Mancini took helm in 2018, Robert Mancini. Several Serie A top tier names are on the starting 11 again, and the former manchester City gaffer is on the way to restore the team’s former glory. And with yesterday’s thrashing of Armenia, Chiellini’s leadership is proving strong.
Last night’s Group J match at the Renzo Barbera stadium in Palermo proved in favour of the hosts. The scoreboard opened up with back to back strikes from Ciro Immobile and Nicolò Zaniolo in the 8th and 9th minute. They both secured a brace, along with single goals from Nicolò Barella, Alessio Romagnoli, Federico Chiesa, Riccardo Orsolini and a penalty spot conversion from Chelsea star Jorginho. Armenia’s single consolation goal came in the 79th minute from Edgar Babayan.
Italy have topped their qualifier group and will be a strong contender for the title for Euro 2020 starting 12th June next year.