Italy have one of the best centre back pairings in world football, and the likes of Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci proved their worth once again in the European Championship final earlier tonight.
The Juventus defenders have had a remarkable tournament overall, and they stepped it up in the most crucial game of the competition.
Bonucci picked up the man of the match award for his defensive masterclass and his all-important equalizer in the second half.
Meanwhile, Chiellini was a rock at the back, and his leadership kept his side well-organized at the back.
The experienced defender got his decision-making spot on during the critical stages of the game, and he committed intelligent tactical fouls to slow down the play when needed.
Despite not being at his best physically, he compensated for it with his experience and reading of the game. Chiellini never looked out of place against a rapid Raheem Sterling.
The two players have firmly established themselves as legends of the game.
Their excellent understanding at the back stems from their time together at club level as well. They have been the longest defensive pairing in recent years. Chiellini and Bonucci are used to playing with each other week in week out for several years.
The defensive spine of Giorgio Chiellini, Leonardo Bonucci and Gianluigi Donnarumma has been a key factor behind Italy’s success in the Euro 2020.