League of Nations: Italy-Spain, another final at stake, 3 months later – rts.ch


Italy with the spirit of Wembley, Spain with Qatar in mind: three months after their epic semi-final at the Euro, Nazionale and Roja are torn between past and future before competing for a place in the final of the League of Nations, Wednesday (8.45 p.m.) in Milan.

Imitate Portugal, winner of the League of Nations in 2019 as the reigning European champion, this « would be fantastic », recognizes Azzurri coach Roberto Mancini.

Corn « Spain is the team we struggled the most against during the Euro » (1-1 ap, 4 shots on goal to 2), he stressed on the UEFA website. History to prevent any excess of optimism at home, despite the impressive current series of 37 games without defeat of the Nazionale (record for a selection), undefeated since September 2018.

The winner will meet in the final Sunday France or Belgium, opposed in the other semi-final Thursday in Turin.

A Spanish selection looking to the future

For the reunion with La Roja, Mancini relied heavily on the heroes of the « Magic Nights » of Euro this summer, with a list where the only big absentees are the center forward Ciro Immobile and the side Leonardo Spinazzola , injured.

Luis Enrique thinks more about the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, always calling more young hopes of Spanish football.

For the final phase of the League of Nations, the coach has summoned Pedro Porro, Pablo Fornals or Bryan Gil all under 25 and less than 5 selections on the clock.

But it was above all the names of newcomers Gavi (17) and Yeremi Pino (19) that created the surprise. Luis Enrique is deprived of Alvaro Morata, Pedri, Jordi Alba, Gerard Moreno and Dani Olmo, all unavailable.

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