Italy are set to have a much needed break from UEFA Nations League action when they take on Ukraine in an international friendly on Wednesday night.
Roberto Mancini’s men have made a tough start to their League A Group 3 campaign having drawn against Poland in their opening game of the competition before losing 1-0 to Portugal, and already seem to be falling behind their group rivals.
Wednesday night’s friendly will provide Mancini the perfect opportunity to build some momentum heading into Italy’s second round of Nations League fixtures, whilst also giving him the chance to test some new faces.
Here is how Italy could potential lineup against Ukraine.
1. Goalkeeper & Defenders
Gianluigi Donnarumma (GK) – Still at the age of just 19, Donnarumma already looks to have cemented his place as Italy’s first choice keeper after Gianluigi Buffon’s recent retirement.
Emerson Palmieri (RB) – With Davide Zappacosta omitted from Mancini’s squad for their upcoming fixtures, Emerson looks next in line to feature on Wednesday despite having yet to make a Premier League appearance for Chelsea so far this season.
Leonardo Bonucci (CB) – After his disappointing spell with AC Milan last campaign, Bonucci looks a rejuvenated player since his return to Juventus in the summer, and is set to feature for his country once again.
Giorgio Chiellini (CB) – Partnering Bonucci in the Juve defence has been Chiellini, and the pair look to be forming a strong bond at the back. They’ll be hoping to replicate their recent performances for the Bianconeri at international level in their upcoming matches.
Domenico Criscito (LB) – Completing what is set to be a very experience defensive line is 31-year-old Criscito, who has 25 caps for his country to his name.
Marco Veratti (CM) – Having recently returned from injury, Verratti looks set to slot straight back into the Italian midfield having missed their opening two UEFA Nations League matches.
Jorginho (CM) – He’s made a record breaking start to life in the Premier League with Chelsea, and was Italy’s saviour in their opening Nations League game against Poland after grabbing his side a late equaliser.
Giacomo Bonaventura (CM) – He’s made a solid start to the Serie A season with AC Milan having already bagged himself three goals and an assist in his first seven games, and will now be hoping to replicate that form for his country.
Federico Bernardeschi (LW) – He’s only started twice for Juventus this season, however has scored two goals for his club and will be determined to put in a solid performance for Italy this week in the hope of more game time in the near future.
Lorenzo Insigne (RW) – Quickly becoming the first name on the Italian team sheet, Insigne has grabbed the headlines in recent weeks having scored a last-minute winner for Napoli against Liverpool in the Champions League before getting a second goal in a matter of days against Sassuolo in Serie A on Sunday.
Ciro Immobile (ST) – He’s been one of the hottest strikers in European club football in recent seasons, however will be playing with a chip on his shoulder having recently been omitted from the Ballon d’Or shortlist despite his very impressive goal scoring record.