Roberto Mancini’s European Champions host Spain in the UEFA Nations League semi-final at San Siro in the beautiful city of Milan at 12:15 AM IST.
The Azzuri are on a 37-game unbeaten record and will be looking to defend it. It will be a rematch after both sides met at Wembley stadium last July in the Euro 2020 semi-final. Italy prevailed over Luis Enrique’s La Roja in a penalty shootout after a thrilling 1-1 draw.
This time, a victory for either would set up a final clash with Belgium or France.
Italy went unbeaten in their Nations League group A1 last year. Spain topped group A4 and suffered their only defeat last November losing 1-0 to Ukraine.
Italy will be looking to add the Nations League after their Euros triumph but undoubtedly fact a stern test.
GK: Gianluigi Donnarumma, Alex Meret, Salvatore Sirigu.
DEF: Federico DiMarco, Giovanni Di Lorenzo, Alessandro Bastoni, Davide Calabria, Francesco Acerbi, Giorgio Chiellini©, Leonardo Bonucci, Emerson.
MID: Bryan Cristante, Jorginho, Manuel Locatelli, Marco Verratti, Niccolo Barella.
ATT: Federico Bernardeschi, Lorenzo Insigne, Federico Chiesa, Moise Kean, Domenico Berardi, Giacomo Raspadori.
Calabria, DiMarco and Kean replace the injured Rafael Toloi, Mateo Pessina and Ciro Immobile respectively.
GK: David de Gea, Unai Simon, Robert Sanchez
DEF: Pedro Porro, Sergi Roberto, Marcos Alonso, Sergio Reguilon, Cesar Azpilicueta, Aymeric Laporte, Inigo Martinez, Eric Garcia, Pau Torres.
MID: Mikel Merino, Gavi, Koke, Yeremi Pino, Rodri, Sergio Busquets©, Pablo Sarabia, Pablo Fornals.
ATT: Mikel Oyarzabal, Bryan Gil, Ferran Torres.
Atletico Madrid’s Marcos Llorente and Barcelona whiz Pedri were initially selected but were ruled out injured. The Catalan giant’s 17-year-old midfielder Gavi got a call-up along with Tottenham Hotspur’s new summer signing Bryan Gil and Villarreal’s Pino.
Donnarumma, Calabria,Bonucci, Chiellini, Emerson, Jorginho, Barella, Verratti, Berardi, Chiesa, Insigne.
Simon, Azpilicueta, Laporte, Torres, Reguilon, Rodri, Merino, Koke, Torres (False 9), Sarabia, Oyarzabal.
FT Italy 2-1 Spain