Euro 2020 is finally here.Italy will be hosting Turkeyat Stadio Olimpico in the first match of the competition after a year-long delay due tothe coronavirus pandemic.
The four-time world champions, currently on aneight-game winning streak-including pre-tournament friendlies-, will try to take advantage of playingon home soiland will look to use their experience to beat Senol Gnes' men,theyoungest squadin the tournament, with an average age of justunder 25 years.
Italy, that haven't been crowned as European champions since their last successback in 1968, are theclear Group A favoritesto qualify for the next round and are considered one of the national teams with the most chances oflifting the trophy.
With Roberto Mancini as head coach, Italy haveeased to qualificationfor both the European championship and the semi-finalsof the Nations League. Moreover, they have extended theirunbeaten home recordin World Cup qualifiers to 56 games.
However, Turkey,quarter-finalists in 2000and then surprise contestants in the final four of the 2008 tournament,won't be an easy opponentfor the Italian squad, as they have only lost three timesin their 26 matchessince Gnes stepped back into one of the hottest of hotseats.
The European championship's opening game betweenTurkey and Italywill be played at Stadio Olimpico (Rome) and will kick off at3pm EDT on Friday 11 June 2021.
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