Chiellini explains his clash against England forwards

Sat 10 July 2021 | 20:04

Italy captain has talked about Facing England in the Euro 2020 final.


will face


in the Euro 2020 final at Wembley on Sunday, and their captain

Giorgio Chiellini

has talked about facing England, saying that they would have reached the final even if they only had their bench players.

"Kane and Sterling aren't that young, they are no spring chickens. (Phil) Foden, (Bukayo) Saka and (Jadon) Sancho, that's different,"

Chiellini said


Italy’s experienced center-half admits that he can’t compete with Sterling’s speed but insists that he has plans to limit Sterling’s moves.

"Everyone has their own attributes. If you match me against Sterling in a foot race, I don't think I ever beat him to the punch. Maybe in situations where there is a ball to be won in a 50-50 or there is a long ball from the goalkeeper, I might be more likely to win the header.

"I need to limit their attributes, it also depends on who plays. Kane and Sterling are different, the others have their own qualities.

"England's bench could have made it to the final themselves because they have extraordinary players.

"Thankfully it is a team game, it's not Chiellini and Bonucci versus Kane and Sterling, ultimately it is Italy versus England."

Chiellini has also talked about Harry Kane ahead of facing him, saying that he is a good player with many impressive abilities.

"I still remember the first time I came up against him in a friendly in Turin and he immediately impressed with how many attributes he has," Chiellini said.

"He is very technical, shoots well from distance, he's good in the air and takes free-kicks.

"He impressed me from day one when playing against Tottenham, I am a big fan of him. I have the 'good fortune' to play him tomorrow night, it's an exciting battle."

source: SportMob