Italy vs Sweden – 2018 World Cup Qualification : For many Sweden’s win over Italy wasn’t a surprise…
The match proved exactly that.
An Italy a bit confused with what their manager had prepared, without a midfield capable of giving the team offensive dynamic and too bickering on the duels with the Swedes.
Against them, a Swedish team that is the complete opposite. Much more organized and assertive with their intentions, the Scandinavian team created danger and had put Italy under pressure.
The goal, however, appeared on a play where luck played its part, with Johansson’s shot being deflected by De Rossi and ending up betraying Buffon.
A goal that completely changes the history of this tie and that will be reminded during the 90 minutes (at least) that will be played in Milan.
The Italian coach Giampiero Ventura has been heavily criticised and will, finally, have his decisive test.
The qualification is the only possible reply when leading a national team like the Italian, because the dimension of the opponent and the disadvantage isn’t scary.
What Italy lacks is solutions. I expect a match where Italy will look to score soon, as a way to start building the needed result to knock Sweden out.
Due to the quality of the Italian team, the scoring wouldn’t be a surprise as well, and the sooner it appears, the more likely it is that they will get the second as well.
Italy vs Sweden – Betting Tip and Prediction:
The big question might be the defensive process. Will there be, on the system presented by Sweden, ability to believe on a clean sheet during the 90 minutes?
Will it be possible for the Italian trio to hold off every chance that Sweden might create in transition?
It seems clear to me that the question of the qualification will be decided, mostly, on the way the Italians will be able to defend, on a match where they need to go on the attack.
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