Date: 2nd July 2021 at 2:35pm
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Ex- and Italy coach has stated that he does not believe are the favourites for the Euro 2020 quarter-final clash with Italy on Friday night.

Conte, who overachieved with an underwhelming squad in 2016, is confident in the group has to work with this summer.

Speaking during an interview with French newspaper L’Equipe, the man who led to their first since 2009/10 made it clear that he has immense confidence in the current Italy squad.

“Italy has found its balance,” Conte said, “in the offensive and defensive phases, as well as a collective game and team spirit. Thirty-one unbeaten games are not achieved by chance. It’s a real team and I like it. I don’t think will be favourites, it will be a balanced match.”

The coach who led Italy to the Euro 2016 quarter-final also stressed the quality of his former colleague Romelu Lukaku, who will be Belgium’s main goal threat on Saturday night.

is one of the best strikers in the world now, he already had great physical and athletic qualities but in the last two years we have made him grow even more in terms of his presence on the pitch.”