Germany host Italy in an international friendly on Tuesday, March 29, as the world champions look to bounce back from their 3-2 loss at the hands of England. Italy will be looking to build on their draw with Spain and build some momentum going into the Euros.
Where to Watch Live
Kick-off is set for 7:45pm BST. Live coverage of the game will be on BT Sport Europe and BT Sport Europe HD.
Germany will be ruing their two-goal lead slip against England as manager Joachim Low is likely to make a lot of changes from the XI that started against the Three Lions. Toni kroos and Mario Gomez had given Germany a cushion but goals from Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy and Eric Dier sealed a nail-biting victory for England, who are looking like a force to reckon with in the upcoming European Championships.
A win over Italy would be a massive boost for their confidence, having last beaten the Azzurri 21 years ago, in 1995. Italy are unbeaten in their last seven games against Germany. The stats look worse in major international tournaments, with the Italians winning 2-0 in the semi-finals of the 2006 World Cup which Germany had hosted. A loss here would be their third in consecutive games, having already lost to France in November.
It will be the final tournament under Antonio Conte for Italy. He has decided to move back into management at a club level after the end of the season. Italy were very solid at the back, as is expected of Conte's sides and prolific in attack, keeping Spain to a 1-1 draw in the first of the double header friendlies scheduled for the international break.
The manager is likely to make a few changes to the side but does not have much choice at the back with Andrea Barzagli and Giorgio Chiellini both out injured. Lorenzo Insigne is likely to make the starting line-up, having scored the opening goal against Spain after coming in from the bench.
What Managers Say
Joachim Low:"The world champions are automatically among the favourites to win the European title, but so are France, Belgium, Italy and Spain - they all have the ambition to win the title. I did not see Italy's game against Spain, but I have been told they put in a great performance. Italy are always among the favourites at the Euros. They will be very competitive. We weren't always convincing during our qualifying campaign and we need to learn from that. We have to improve before the Euros in the summer. We allowed England a lot of chances on Saturday and we didn't build our attacks the way we usually do. We had problems with our build-up game throughout the entire match and consequently didn't create many opportunities of our own. Our combinations and our movement didn't go as planned. Our organisation and compact positioning was lacking, especially in the second half. We allowed England a crazy amount of space, despite holding a lead. We can't allow that to happen."
Betting Odds (betfair)
- Germany Win: 1.9
- Draw: 3.5
- italy Win: 4.6