A remarkable statistic, highlighting Italy’s dominance when the pairing of Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci make up the heart of the country’s backline, has come to the fore online this evening.
Roberto Mancini’s men are of course set to return to action in a couple of hours’ time.
After navigating their way through Euro 2020 courtesy of 6 successive victories, the Azzurri require just one more, to secure for themselves the title of European football’s finest international outfit.
Standing in Italy’s way, though? England.
The Three Lions, like their upcoming opponents, have enjoyed a stellar summer to date, boasting five wins from six, whilst having remarkably conceded just a solitary goal.
A hard-fought, quality-filled 90 minutes, in turn, is widely predicted at Wembley on Sunday night.
Juve stars dominant
As outlined above, though, whilst it is England’s defensive strength which has proven such a major talking point across the summer to date, it is the pairing set to man the heart of the Three Lions’ opponents’ backline this evening which should concern Gareth Southgate and co.
Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci have of course continued to act as Italy’s first-choice central defenders at the Euros, with the duo, despite their respective years, having looked as solid as ever thus far.
And such efforts, in turn, have since given rise to a remarkable statistic.
As revealed on social media this evening, across all outings which have seen Juventus’ veteran stoppers line out alongside one another, Italy, incredibly, have remained unbeaten since November of 2015:
England trying to become the first team to beat Italy with Bonucci and Chiellini as a central defensive partnership since November 2015.
— Daniel Storey (@danielstorey85) July 11, 2021