Following an ugly performance at the 2014 World Cup, the Azzuri are looking to exceed expectations in France. A side that is always respected, Italy entered the Euro 2016 with the lowest expectations of any Italian outfit in over a decade. But following a thorough 2-0 victory over Belgium in their opener, Italy looks like a side capable of winning it all.
With Gianluigi Buffon between the posts, Italy has supreme confidence. The world-class goalie has seemingly gotten better with age and is coming off a legendary season with Juventus. Italy also has the luxury of a stellar back-four, anchored by Giorgio Chiellini.
If Bonucci can replicate his stellar performance and De Rossi and Giaccherini can continue to provide solid possession and attacking options, look for Antonio Conte’s squad to advance deep in France.