Xavi believes Conte’s Italy philosophy is a mixture of Atletico and Barcelona’s playing style.
Italy booked their spot in the knockout stage of the Euros. And will face Spain, after beating Belgium and Sweden in their first two outings.
There was an overhaul to the Azzurri squad, after securing their spot. Which resulted in a 1-0 loss to Northern Ireland.
However, the former Barca midfielder has been impressed by the Azzurri coach’s work and can see similarities with two of La Liga’s giants in their style.
“He’s applied what he did at Juventus. They defend deep, and are able to play with or without the ball,” Xavi told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“I believe Italy are a mix of Barcelona and Atletico. You always have your great history as well. Even if you switched the entire starting XI you still have that fight. Italy have always been dangerous.”