Italy vs Argentina
Wednesday 1st June 2022.
Italy, despite being knocked out by North Macedonia from the World Cup qualifiers, have lost just once since 2018 across all competitions. Argentina meanwhile, have not defeated a European team since 2018. Hence, the Azzurri should just about be able to get the job done.
Both these teams have displayed excellent defensive performances in recent months. With them registering several clean sheets in the WC qualifiers and the Euros or Copa America. Hence expect a low scoring game.
Italy vs Argentina: Betting odds
Italy to lift the trophy @ 2.15 odds.
Under 2.5 goals @ 1.61 odds.
Italy: Donnarumma; Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Emerson; Barella, Jorginho, Pessina; Bernardeschi, Belotti, Insigne
Argentina: E. Martínez; Foyth, Romero, Otamendi, Acuña; De Paul, Rodríguez, Lo Celso; Messi, L. Martínez, Di María
Pre match press conference
Roberto Mancini, Italy coach: “We are sad not to have [Federico] Chiesa, [Ciro] Immobile, [Domenico] Berardi and [Marco] Verratti, but the players we field will do their best to have a great game. Argentina are strong but so are we. This match will be the end of a cycle. That doesn’t mean that 15-20 players will go back home, but from Wednesday we will field more young people to see whether we can count on them for the future.”
Lionel Scaloni, Argentina coach: “As a player, I enjoyed playing at stadiums like these and against these kinds of opponents. We would prefer [to play against European teams] more often. [Our unbeaten run is] just a number, a mere statistic and it doesn’t really matter to us. The most important thing is knowing what we want, where we want to go. We have to seize the moment and this experience. Whenever you play with the Argentinian shirt, every match matters. And if we can win a trophy, all the better.”