On Wednesday, Italy and Spain will meet in a Nations League Final Four semi-final for the first time at the San Siro, in a rematch of their historic Euro 2020 semi-final.
Spain lost in the European Championship semi-finals in July, as the Azzurri won on penalties and went on to win the championship, kicking off an amazing summer of sport for Italy.
Italy is on a world-record run of 37 games without defeat, and Roberto Mancini’s roster is chock-full of players who were part of their Euro final victory over England at Wembley.After naming his squad on Thursday, Spain coach Luis Enrique said, “We’ll be playing a strong Italy team: they rightly beat England in the Euro final and they’ve kept their lengthy unbeaten run continuing.” But, as our psychologist points out, every squad will face defeat. And that suggests they’re getting closer to losing, that the deadline is approaching.”
“Spain was the team we struggled against the most during Euro 2020,” Mancini said. They are a strong team with excellent players. He told uefa.com, “It’ll be a wonderful contest.” Lorenzo Pellegrini, the in-form Roma midfielder who scored his sixth goal of the season in all competitions on Sunday, was meant to be the lone face that stood out from the Euro throng.
However, injuries suffered in the build-up to and during the weekend’s Serie A matches have forced Juventus attacker Moise Kean, AC Milan defender Davide Calabria, and Inter Milan youngster Federico Dimarco to be called in at the last minute. The trio has replaced Ciro Immobile, Rafael Toloi, and Matteo Pessina, respectively, as Italy’s starting centre-forward and Atalanta’s Rafael Toloi and Matteo Pessina.
It’s Dimarco’s first call up, and it comes from the man who gave the 23-year-old his Inter Milan debut in 2014, and who has impressed thus far this season.