Berrettini and Chiellini have already given their nation plenty to be proud about

In much of the Italian press the European Championship final is seen as a test of national resolve and character.

Some Italians still feel looked down upon and patronised by the British and there is huge pride not only that Italy has gone through to the Euro 2020 final, but that the tennis player Matteo Berrettini is in the final of Wimbledon.

Berrettini, 25, is the first Italian ever to reach the men’s singles final and the first Italian man to reach a Grand Slam final since 1976.

Italians who live in the UK "are observed, imitated but not really appreciated," says La Stampa, a daily newspaper, under the headline "London, Italia". 

The paper cites Churchill’s quip that "Italians lose wars as if they were football matches and football matches as if they were wars."

The British regard Italians with "admiration tinged with acid irony. They don’t take us seriously and yet now we are inside their temples [Wembley and Wimbledon], in the heart of their sport."

In Sunday’s football final, Italy will face "an adversary so assured that this is their moment that they are already talking about declaring a national holiday and organising parades."

England has decided that "decades of humiliation must end right there, where the last celebrations were held [Wembley in 1966]." 

In the minds of the British, the Italians have always been "misunderstood, seen as romantics, unreliable. Until tomorrow – and then we will see."

La Gazzetta dello Sport, the bible for Italian sports addicts, has on its front page a big yellow W and the headline – "Wimbledon and Wembley, tomorrow we play in two super finals."

The letter W also means in Italian "Viva" as in "Long Live Italy".

"Let’s Do A ’68", the paper says, referring to Italy winning the finals of the Euros against Yugoslavia in 1968.

Italy has been waiting to bring home a European title for 53 years, the pink paper says.

The daily newspaper La Repubblica also picks up on the fact that Italians will play on Sunday in finals at both Wimbledon and Wembley.

"In London tomorrow, two Italys will play for honour and history, just a few hours apart and separated by 20 kilometres, the distance between Wimbledon and Wembley stadium, both on a green pitch, the colour of hope and – we hope not just for us Italians – of a rebirth after a dreadful year and a half.

"Two Italys that are similar in terms of youth, freshness and simplicity of comportment."

Matteo Berrettini will be the first Italian to play in the men’s singles final in 144 years – "which in sport is like an entire geological era," the paper says.

Meanwhile, one of Italy’s defenders says the Azzurri are not intimidated about playing England on their home turf.

"Victory tomorrow would be a big injection of confidence for Italy and the whole football movement, for us and the federation," said Leonardo Bonucci, a centre-back Juventus centre-back.

"We will play at England’s home but that doesn’t scare us".

He says he is ready to be put to the test by the English strikers.

"The English national team’s forwards are really good. We will have to be very, very careful with their speed and physicality. We defenders will have to be careful and cunning will be needed to cause them trouble up front."