The Bundesliga is over and the international matches of the German national team are coming up. The Nations League brings the match against Italy this weekend.
The Nations League starts again and the German national team under coach Hansi Flick has one of the toughest opponents of all in front of them right from the start: the current European champions Italy. This is the toughest test so far for the still quite fresh national coach Flick, who has had a good record so far. But who is showing the game on free TV?
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Due to a new distribution of rights for the transmissions, neither ARD nor ZDF are showing the game between Germany and Italy. RTL has secured a large package and is showing more international matches than ever before, according to the broadcaster. On Saturday, June 4th, the coverage of the game will start at 8.15 p.m. Kick-off is at 8.45 p.m., at 10.45 p.m. RTL shows summaries of the other games. The game will be played in Bologna.
For the game in the Nations League against the German national soccer team, Italy’s coach Roberto Mancini wants to reorganize his team. “Many left because they also needed to recover physically. They weren’t in the condition to play four games,” said the coach of the European champions on Friday at the Azzurri base in Florence. “We’re taking more risks because we’re obviously changing a lot,” explained the 57-year-old. Italy will receive the selection of national coach Hansi Flick in Bologna on Saturday.
Mancini sees only one way to counter the DFB team: “The most important thing would be to defend well and attack better,” he said at the press conference. Italy meet “one of the strongest teams” who play fast, technically and with pressure and are 100 percent mature. “It won’t be easy, but we’ll try,” he promised.
The Italians suffered a 3-0 defeat in the so-called Finalissima against Argentina for top star Lionel Messi in London on Wednesday. “Argentina were certainly better than us,” Mancini summed up. According to him, the departures since the European Championship victory in July 2021 and injuries have had an impact on the game. Captain and defensive guarantor Giorgio Chiellini said goodbye to the Azzurri.
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Already on March 24, Italy failed in the qualifying playoff for the World Cup in Qatar this year. In Palermo, the team lost 1-0 to North Macedonia and missed out on the World Cup. Mancini’s future seemed uncertain after that. “I feel the confidence,” he said on Friday in Florence.
Mancini is struggling to find new players as the Squadra Azzurra rebuilds. “That worries us,” he admitted. So there are currently no strikers in Italy. All the young players play in Serie B and have no international experience: “The hope is that those in Serie B can quickly reach Serie A.”
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