Roberto Mancini has named an enormous squad for Italy’s five games in the space of five days. After clashing with Argentina at Wembley, the Azzurri will return home for a double header against Germany and Hungary.

They will then head back to England to meet the Three Lions in the UEFA Nations League before a trip to Monchengladbach for another tricky clash against Die Mannschaft. All things considered, Mancini will have his work cut out with such a hefty schedule of games.

Can Germany Take Full Advantage in Bologna?

Germany operate under Hansi Flick these days and he has been a welcome antidote to Joachim Low whose regime had started to go stale to the extent that Die Mannschaft failed to get out of the group stage at the 2018 World Cup and barely scrambled out of their section at the Euros before losing to England.

Flick has a strong squad and it could be that the Germans can benefit from playing opponents with multiple commitments, with the visitors having won a succession of matches before a recent draw against the Netherlands.

Indeed, that 2-0 defeat at Wembley at the Euros last summer was the last time that Germany lost a game and their squad looks typically strong, with the majority of players operating for leading Bundesliga outfits.

Chelsea trio Antonio Rudiger, Kai Havertz and Timo Werner could well be involved, with Thomas Muller an experienced head on the shoulders and he could be supplemented by Bayern Munich team-mates Serge Gnabry and Leroy Sane.


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