UEFA Euro 2020 Group A Matchday 2 preview: Italy (3 pts.) vs. (1 pt.) Switzerland (Wed - 21:00h. CEST; 20:00h. BST) - Team news and possible lineups
Switzerland take on Italy in UEFA EURO 2020 Group A in Rome on Wednesday 16 June at 21:00 CET.
The Azzurri were made to work for their opening win against Turkey, an own goal breaking the deadlock before Ciro Immobile and Lorenzo Insigne wrapped up an ultimately comfortable 3-0 victory. That was Italy's ninth victory in a row, all with a clean sheet, and they will be looking to make it ten for only the second time in their history – the first having come in qualifying – against a Swiss side who were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw against Wales on Matchday 1 despite Breel Embolo's opener. Switzerland have won only two of their 14 EURO finals games, although they have been beaten only once in their last 15 matches in the competition, qualifying included.
Italy: Donnarumma; Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Acerbi, Spinazzola; Barella, Jorginho, Locatelli; Berardi, Immobile, Insigne
Switzerland: Sommer; Elvedi, Schär, Akanji; Mbabu, Freuler, Xhaka, Rodríguez; Shaqiri; Embolo, Seferović
Paolo Menicucci, Italy reporter: Italy have scored 28 goals and conceded none in their last nine matches, and there is obviously still great enthusiasm in the Azzurri camp. The Switzerland game may come too soon for Marco Verratti (knee) and Alessandro Florenzi (calf). Mancini may decide to rotate some players, with Francesco Acerbi and Federico Chiesa ready to step in, but Italy's star man is the group, as Leonardo Bonucci put it, and the chance to seal qualification with a game to spare may be too tempting for the coach to take risks.
Vieri Capretta, Switzerland reporter: Switzerland will want to get something from the Italy game after drawing their opener and will do so with a solid midfield and hoping that Xherdan Shaqiri and Breel Embolo can light up the attack. The Swiss are strong in the middle thanks to Granit Xhaka and Remo Freuler and could prove tougher opponents for Italy than Turkey. Getting anything from this test against the Azzurri would put Switzerland at an advantage relative to their other rivals in the group.
What the coaches say
Roberto Mancini, Italy coach: "There is always some tension [in the air before a big match] and it's fair enough. This is an important game and we have a great deal of respect for the team we are facing. Especially in attack, they have players who can change a match in a moment. We could change some players but it does not change our team. We have 26 players here and they can all play at this level. I remain confident that Italy are one of the best teams in the tournament."
Vladimir Petković, Switzerland coach: "We certainly created many chances [against Wales]. We perhaps should have finished off one or two of them. It's disappointing, but we're not too displeased with our performance. Against Italy it will be a very different match."
Form guide (all competitions, most recent first)