Antognoni: “Xaka the best in Switzerland. Italy, watch out for the three ‘Bolognese'”

Interviewed by today’s edition of Free, Giancarlo Antognoni spoke about the match between Italy and Switzerland this evening: “We must pay attention to the Bolognese connection. Aebischer, Ndoye and Freuler form a nucleus made very solid by the play of Thiago Motta. But Switzerland’s best is another. Xhaka. Mourinho wanted it in Rome and is the pivot of Leverkusen. The whole Swiss team revolves around him. Sommer against Donnarumma. Calm down, Gigio is Gigio.

I’ll name a player who could be our trump card: Chiesa. Up to now he has been inconsistent but I know Federico well from his time in Florence and they tell me that in these last training sessions he has been very lively. Calafiori’s absence is lethal? Serious rather than lethal. He is the surprise of the European Championships and plays in three roles, as we saw against the Croatians.

In its place? In the three-man defense Spalletti has alternatives: Mancini and Buongiorno are equal and Luciano will decide based on training. We can’t make judgments on the players’ conditions while sitting on the sofa. The danger to avoid? The charge of the Swiss: they will experience this round of 16 as a derby, a duel to the death. When they hear about Italians, the Swiss change and become excited in a special way. The reason? I don’t know but that’s how it is.”