TaffsterSnowflake Royal .
Unfortunately we just didn't exploit the Italian centrebacks lack of pace and got trapped in our half..
Such an over simplification that everyone has trotted out about the back line of Italy, the two centre back in Chiellini and Bonucci have been two of the best cb's around for years and have never had pace so to suggest that we should just "exploit" this when so many others other the years have tried and failed quite simply shows why we are fans and not professional managers.
Yes and no. Saka's spin, where Chiellini pulled him back, was the kind of play we needed to see more of. Sharp passing out of defence and attacking at pace. Of course those two defenders and wily and experienced and used to countering that, but that doesn't mean it was the wrong approach. In fact many of our best moments came where Italian defenders got too close and we turned and moved into space.