Austria vs Italy is Azzurri’s next international friendly game. They are preparing for the Euros 2023, and Nations League final and Mancini is experimenting with new lineups and fresh faces. They are coming into this game after beating Albania 3-1. The Azzurri made a comeback after conceding the first goal, and a new face in the National Team, Vincenzo Grifo scored a brace and provided an assist. So, Mancini will bring some other players as well, who did not get a chance against Albania.
Austria had the same heartbreak of not qualifying for the World Cup, as they failed to beat Wales in the semi-finals of the qualifier. They have not been able to qualify for the biggest competition since the 1998 France World Cup. But they are also focusing on the Euros and will use this friendly as a preparation. They have some quality on their side, and Italians will be familiar with Arnautovic from Bologna.
Austria vs Italy: team news, tactics, and prediction
Roberto Mancini is focusing on giving new players some chance at the international level. So that he can have a group of players ready to call upon according to the situation. Also, he is using a back three system, as the Serie A players are more familiar with it. The young midfielders and forwards have been given the freedom to express themselves. Grifo has already impressed the Italian manager and is having a great season with his club, as they are second in Bundesliga.
Austria have a similar back-three system and are coming with a win against Andorra. They will rely on Alaba, Sabitzer, and Arnautovic to make a difference against the young Italy side. They had a terrible Nations League campaign in the summer, as they finished last in their group.
The Azzurri should win this game despite some changes from Mancini, and end the friendlies on a high note.
Austria 1-3 Italy