Italy havn’t exactly been brilliant during in this tournament. I wouldn’t go reading a huge amount into the changes. They offer little going forward and do exactly what Italian teams generally do, defend well. And that may bring them a long way to the final. What they lacked was fight and in this area we were top drawer and that was probably expected.
Ireland have found a formula that works now, its Charlton-esque but it works. Take no risks at the back, hope for a moratorium on individual errors and get in the face of your opponent and see if they have the stomach for it. It may not be enough to get close to the French but it offers a lot more hope than a non calculated long ball with no support that we seen against Belgium.
Given the platform last night Ireland played well. Obviously against a high pressing team we would struggle but thats where the press comes in. Create a trench around the middle of the park and try to materialise something from it.
Coleman epitomized everything good about Ireland last night. A physical edge that can go a long way in the game. There is hope there if we can replicate the edge we brought to last night. The effort put in was a joy to watch.