Hungary vs Italy will decide the fate of both teams in the Nations League. Both teams are taking this competition seriously after failing to qualify for the World Cup. The Azzurri have to win this game to get a place in next year’s finals. After beating England 1-0 they now have a chance to proceed to the next stage. Mancini has been using young and talented players in this tournament to shape the team for the future.
Meanwhile, Hungary have surprised everyone with their performance in this group. Hungary defied the favorites again in their last match as they beat Germany in Leipzig. A Bundesliga veteran, Adam Szalai scored the only goal with a cheeky finish from the corner. Also, the Hungarian striker has announced that he will retire after Hungary’s last game on the group stage in Budapest. He will be keen to take his side to the latter stages as they require only a draw to do so.
Hungary vs Italy: team news, tactics, and prediction
Mancini would like to make some changes as some players will be tired after the game against England. Also, the Italian manager decided to operate with a back three to match Southgate’s England back three. Against Hungary, Italy will need numerical superiority in the middle of the park and wingers to stretch their backline. It has been tough to unlock Hungary’s defense.
Hungary will operate without their first-choice midfielder, Sallai due to an eye injury. Szalai and Szobozlai will lead the line with the latter being a target for many top clubs. Also, Fiola will cover for Bolla at the right wing-back. For Italy, Bastoni could come for his Inter teammate Acerbi to give more agility to the back line.
It is a must-win game for the Azzurri, and they will have to find ways to unlock the defense of an in-form Hungary side.
Hungary 0-1 Italy.