Italy are on a remarkable run in Euro 2016, and Antonio Conte's side doesn't look like they want to quit any time soon. They've got a brutally tough match at hand in the quarterfinals though -- defending World Cup champions Germany, who have arguably been the best and hardest to defeat team at this year's European Championships. That's a matchup that most teams would quake at seeing -- but Italy won't be cowed that easily.
You see, Italy come into this match holding two major advantages. An Italy side build around similar tactical principals beat Germany in the Euro 2012 semis, and some have regarded that Die Mannschaft side to be better than the one that Gli Azzurri will face on Saturday. The second advantage is one that is, perhaps, even greater -- Italy have never lost to Germany in a competitive match. Not once.
There have been a few draws along the way in group stage matches and Germany have a handful of wins over Italy in friendlies through the decades, but when the chips are down and the matches count, Germany have never beaten Italy. It's going to take a hell of a performance for Italy to maintain that record, but we've already seen Italy have two jaw-dropping showings in this tournament, while leaving the sense that they had plenty of gas left in the tank for more -- and even some room for improvement. If Conte can work his magic again, we could see Italy send Germany home early from the Euros for a second straight time.
Will we see Lorenzo Insigne?
Hopefully yes. Insigne has made a marked impact off the bench in each of Italy's last two matches, and while Antonio Conte's weird passion for Eder means that he won't start, helping off the bench again would still be invaluable in a match like this. Insigne hasn't seen a lot of the pitch for Italy over the last few months, but he's certainly made the most of his chances when he does.
Match Date/Time: Saturday, 9 p.m. CET, 3 p.m. ET
Venue: Stade de Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France
TV: ESPN2 (U.S. - English), ESPN Deportes (U.S. - Spanish), SRF zwei, ORF1 (Germany), Sky Sport 1 HD Italia, RSI La 2 (Italy), BBC One (U.K.)
Online: ESPN3, WatchESPN (U.S.), ORF TV Live Streaming (Germany), Sky Go Italia (Italy), BBC iPlayer (U.K.)