The former K’Ogalo strategist expects a tense final between the Three Lions and the Azzurri.
Steven Polack has identified the crucial areas that will determine the outcome of Saturday’s Euro 2020 final between Italy and England.
The Three Lions advanced to their first major final in 55 years by beating Denmark 2-1, while Italy qualified for the Wembley final by defeating Spain 4-2 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in regular time in the second semi-final.
Former Gor Mahia coach Polack stated that the side that had complete control of the midfield and a strong defensive line would prevail.
What was said?
“I believe the final will be decided in the midfield and through strong defense,” Polack told Goal. “The team that excels in those areas will prevail.
“England’s attacking players will cause Italy problems with their speed and intelligent runs down the flanks of Leonardo [Bonucci] and Giorgio [Chiellini], but it will not be easy, as they are both very experienced and good defenders.
“England must be patient and focused, as Italy is a well-organized team that is dangerous on counter-attacks but also has a strong pressing game.”
On which side he believes would prevail, Polack stated: “I believe England will win, but it is going to be a very close game, especially tactically.”
Is the trophy on its way home?
“This is going to be a very difficult game; both teams have been extremely strong defensively throughout the tournament.
“When we look at the statistics, Italy has 11 goals for and two against, a ratio of 63.2 percent on average, while England has 10 goals for and one against, a ratio of 53.5 percent on average.
“So, if we look at the statistics, it appears as though Italy has the upper hand, but at the end of the day, what matters is what happens on the day.”
Regarding England’s prospects of bringing the trophy home after a 55-year absence, the British strategist stated: “I have a feeling it will return after 55 years.”
“Having reached a final for the first time in a long time, the England players must go out there and enjoy the game and express themselves.”