Without its coach and star, Italy could not lose to Poland in a potentially decisive match in the Nations League on Sunday.
They meet at the Mabe Stadium in Reggio Emilia knowing that a victory for either side will likely send him to the Nations League Finals. .
Poland tops Group A in League A.. It is a point over Italy and a point over Holland. Italy play in Bosnia and Herzegovina on Wednesday, while Poland will host the Netherlands.
Italy suffered problems en route to these qualifiers, especially with regard to the Coronavirus.
Coach Roberto Mancini is still at his home in Rome in self-isolation after contracting COVID-19, as is Lazio striker Ciro Immobile, winner of the European Golden Boot last season..
Mancini will be replaced again by assistant coach Albergo Ivani, who was in charge on Wednesday when Estonia lost 4-0 in a friendly match.. .
Italy defender Emerson said: « It’s not an easy period for any of us ». “This season is a little different than last season.
« Our coach is unfortunately at home, but those here must do everything we can for those who cannot.
Italy will also miss a key defender as it prepares to take on one of Europe’s top scorer in Robert Lewandowski.
Defender Leonardo Bonucci had hoped to play his 100th game with Italy but would return to Juventus on Sunday after failing to recover from a muscle injury.. .
« I’ve lost so far, » Ivani said on Saturday. « But this is more than just a team, it is a family that almost does not feel sorry for itself and will try to remain superior to a strong team like Poland, which at the moment has someone who is perhaps the best striker in Europe..
Italian midfielder Roberto Gagliardini left the Azzurri camp on Saturday after the possible return of the virus. . Gagliardini contracted the virus last month but recovered. He played the match all Wednesday but an inconclusive test result forced him to return to his club Inter Milan as a precaution.
Italy strikers Moise Kane and Pietro Pellegri withdrew from the squad on Friday due to injury, in addition to the list of players who withdrew earlier in the week. . Kane has been replaced by Udinese striker Stefano Okaka.
« The priority will be to understand who can play without risking, » Ivani said.. « The 11 players who are in the best condition will be playing, we cannot risk making a substitution after a few minutes, or putting them at risk..
A victory for Italy or Poland will give it a great advantage before the last round of matches, but qualifying will not be in any way a forced result..
Italy tied at home to Bosnia in the opening round, ending 11 consecutive matches, while Poland lost to the Netherlands. .
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