The European club football season will likely be remembered as a bad season for Serie A teams. At the time of writing, AS Roma are the only Italian side left in the Europa League or Champions League in the quarter-finals. Juventus’ failure to overtake Porto in the Champions League round of 16 has sparked much criticism, in particular, and has become a symbol of a perceived end in the quality of Serie A teams.
However, we can argue that the failure of Serie A teams represents a stronger reason for the success of the Italian national team at Euro 2020 this summer. The reason is due to a simple fact: the tiredness of the players. This season has been a tough one for players from all over Europe. Last year the Champions League and the Europa League ended in August instead of May. There was a delay in the start of the club season (September), which meant that matches were reduced to a tighter match list. The players also did not have the normal pre-season break and preparation over the summer.
Fatigue leads to mistakes
Sports pundits have been talking a lot about how fatigue is affecting performance this season. Change the predictability of the game, with more goals, for example, arriving late in the match or from player mistakes. This could be good for fans interested in live betting for late goals in a match, but most fans want to see all teams at their best. And it is possible that this is not the case when Euro 2020 (the Euro 2020 name has been retained, despite being 2021) starts in June.
When on March 31st coach Roberto Mancini announced his Italian squad for the last match against Lithuania, only one player, Emerson Palmieri (Chelsea), was out of Serie A. Most of the players are from Juventus, Napoli. , Lazio, Milan, Rome and Internazionale. As mentioned, these clubs would normally expect to be involved in the Champions League and Europa League, but only Roma remains.
English clubs heavily involved in European competitions
If we compare with the Premier League, which supplies most of the players to the England national team, five clubs remain in the Europa League and Champions League: Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal. If they continue to progress in competitions, they could play five more games than Italian clubs. That might not sound like much, but the games are compressed over a two-month period and will impact injuries and fatigue.
More importantly, the dates of the Champions League final (May 29) and the Europa League final (May 26) are very close to the start of Euro 2020: Italy opens the tournament on June 11. Player participation in the finals will disrupt the plans of national executives who hope to prepare their teams for Euro 2020 with friendly matches
At the moment, Italy is considered an outsider for the glory of Euro 2020. And rightly so, given that the team is considered to be in a transition phase. But the fact that the Italian players can be a little fresher than the players representing England, France and Germany could help Roberto Mancini more than we expect.
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