With two wins from their opening two matches, Italy has secured advancement into the knockout rounds of EURO 2016.
Despite heading into the competition with what many viewed as one of the weakest Italian sides to attend a major tournament, the Azzurri have taken all six points without conceding a goal.
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However, manager Antonio Conte has not seen enough Azzurri in the stands.
In Italy’s 1-0 win over Sweden, Italian fans looked vastly outnumbered as yellow Swedish jerseys looked filled a majority of the Stadium Municipal.
Speaking after the match, Conte said he wanted to see more blue shirts in the stands as Italy progress through the competition.
Whether our supporters are living in Italy or living elsewhere, I want them to put on a blue shirt. When you see everyone in a yellow shirt, it’s fantastic.
Just a blue t-shirt if you want. There were 9,000 [Italian] fans but they were all quite dispersed. I want everyone to be involved.
We’re starting to get the respect very few people gave us. Very few would have envisaged us making the last 16 after two matches. A number questioned whether we’d get through the group. It’s a huge achievement.
The public opinion on Conte’s side has changed drastically through the opening stages of EURO 2016, as the lack of superstar talent has not taken away from the Italian’s historically stingy defense and tactical superiority.
Italy’s final Group E match will be played against the Republic of Ireland on Wednesday.