Albania vs Italy match preview and prediction

The Azzurri will play international will be playing a couple of international friendlies starting with Albania vs Italy. They failed to qualify for the World Cup in Qatar, but Mancini is progressing with his young Italy for the future. The former Man City manager has helped Italy after their tragic loss against North Macedonia. The Azzurri came back stronger with a fresh outlook to the squad in the Nations League and finished in first place in their group.

Albania appointed Edy Reja in 2019, and Mancini will be familiar with the former Napoli, Lazio, and Atalanta coach. The Italian coach could not take his side further than the final stages of qualification for Euros 2023 and the World Cup. However, Albania have been on the rise at the global level as they just fell short in Group I behind England and Poland. So, they are now preparing their team for the Euros 2024.

Albania vs Italy: team news, tactics, and prediction

Mancini will be looking to field three Nerazzurri players as Dimarco, and Barella have been in exceptional form. Bastoni could also start along with Bonucci or Acerbi. Raspadori has shined under Mancini and is having a good season with Napoli. Mancini could shift to his four at the back defense for this game to dictate the match. Also, he could give game time to younger players for this game.

Asllani plays a higher role in the Albania side and will be excited to face his teammates. They are in poor form as they haven’t won a game this year. Players like Broja, Hysaj, and Kumbulla will have to step up to have a chance against Italy.

Prediction

The Azzurri should get a comfortable victory in this friendly. While Mancini will have a chance to use different tactical setups and formations.

Albania 0-3 Italy.

Mangalam Pugalia: Mangalam is a football nerd who contributes as a match analyst at THE INTER WAY. He admires Antonio Conte’s system and can predict what the Nerazzurri manager will do next.
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