England boss Gareth Southgate admits Italy will be fresher than his side in Sunday’s Euro 2020 final.
The Italians saw off Spain on Tuesday to book their spot in Sunday’s showpiece at Wembley and watched on 24 hours later as England joined them by beating Denmark.
Roberto Mancini’s side were second best against the Spaniards for large periods at Wembley and they looked particularly leggy in the second period.
Though Italy’s game went to penalties and extra-time, Southgate admits the fact his side have a full day less of preparation is a ‘disadvantage’ ahead of Sunday’s game.
‘It is definitely a bit of a disadvantage but we have to find the best way of dealing with that,’ said Southgate.
‘I think the biggest thing is psychological fatigue. The players are fit and we’re very professional. We don’t overload the players, we’ve been conscious of that going back years.
When they are with us, we can’t improve them physically so we don’t overtrain and we keep that freshness.
‘We have minimal injuries in our camps – muscular injuries are very rare.’
Despite England’s disadvantage, it seems unlikely that Southgate will make too many changes for Sunday.
Bukayo Saka is perhaps the most at threat, with Jack Grealish and Jadon Sancho pushing for his spot.
Mason Mount is another that could drop out and Southgate could opt for Grealish or Phil Foden.
For more stories like this, check our sport page
Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
Source: Read Full Article