Andrea Pirlo highlights five key battles ahead of the Euro 2020 Final
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Andrea Pirlo highlights five key battles ahead of the Euro 2020 Final

Andrea Pirlo, a former Italy midfielder, has named his five important clashes for Sunday's Euro 2020 final at Wembley Stadium.

England is in its first major final since 1966, and their first in the European Championship, as they look to win their first trophy in 55 years. Meanwhile, Italy won the tournament in 1968 but has since lost twice in the final, most recently to Spain in 2008.

According to The Mirror, Former Juventus manager and Italy legend Pirlo has identified the five key areas in which he believes the final will be decided on Sunday.

Harry Kane vs Giorgio Chiellini

'This could be a huge battle and a huge fight. Kane is one of the best, most physical strikers in the world – but if any defender can stop him it is Chiellini.'  

Luke Shaw vs Fede Chiesa

'Two of the standout players of the tournament up against each other. They both have so much talent and are so full of energy.' 

Mason Mount vs Marco Verrati

'Both Italy and England have excellent defenses and these two players have the creativity to find that moment that can win the game. I don't expect the game to be that open and these games are built for players with these minds.' 

Kalvin Phillips vs Jorginho

'Both players do such a good job protecting the defense and being that rock in midfield. Often this job can go unnoticed – but I think they have both been recognized this tournament and rightly so.' 

John Stones vs Ciro Immobile

'Stones has grown into one of the best defenders in Europe, but this is going to be a big test for him against one of the most experienced and clinical strikers in Europe.'

Italy has won 28 of their past 33 games and is unbeaten in their last 33 games, and the teams last met at the 2012 Euros, Italy won on penalties to knock England out in the quarterfinals.

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