Barzagli names England’s most dangerous players against Italy
Former Italian defender Andrea Barzagli has opined that Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling are England’s most dangerous players ahead of the Euro 2020 final and added that Juventus have lacked programming over the last two years.
The 40-year-old retired from football in 2018 and will begin a career as a TV pundit with DAZN from August.
He played alongside Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci for both Italy and Juventus for close to a decade and believes that his former teammates can play a key role for the Azzurri against the Three Lions on Sunday.
“Leo and Giorgio feel the weight of responsibility, they are giving so much to this national team, they are a perfect defensive duo,” Barzagli told Tuttosport.
“We play at Wembley, but if we take command of the ball, we can overcome that. They are physically strong, but if we keep the ball possession and we take the ball, we have good chances.”
It can also be recalled that Barzagli, Bonucci, and Chiellini played against Harry Kane in the UEFA Champions League round-of-16 clash between Juventus and Tottenham Hotspur in 2017.
“Kane is tall, physically strong and he drops between the lines to get the ball, he is similar to Dzeko. Sterling and he are ones I would remove from their squad, they can light up England anytime,” Barzagli said.
The former Italy defender also won the Bundesliga with Wolfsburg in his playing days before returning to Juventus and it was the only time he played outside Italy. He also spoke about Donnarumma who is ready to leave Italy for PSG in France.
“Milan have lost Donnarumma for reasons I don’t want to discuss, but it’s true that our key players, from Jorginho to Verratti, all play abroad in top teams,” said Barzagli.
“Gigio will go to PSG and I think it’s the right choice, he proved to be among the top three in the world.”
When asked if he was surprised by Massimiliano Allegri’s return to Juventus. he replied:
“Not much because Juventus lacked programming in the last two years, also due to the pandemic, now their old coach is back, a coach who knows how to win and I hope he will do that straight away”