After missing the last World Cup for the first time since 1958, the Italians are trying to avoid any mistakes in the current qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup, especially after the success achieved questsummer with the victory of the Champions Cup.
Thursday’s match at the “Artemio Franchi” stadium in Florence will be the first appearance in home of the Azzurrini since the conquest of the continental title on 11 July at the expense of England.
The Italian national team will play the match against Bulgaria in the fourth round of the competitions of group C, in the presence of the public, who will be present in the stands after having been absent for a long time due to the repercussions of the Corona virus.
Italy leads the group after scoring nine points in three games, but given that the direct qualification will go to the leaders of each of the ten groups, and given that the next match for Italy will be Sunday in Switzerland, which eliminated world champion France from the last European Cup, stressed midfielder Jorginho Attention needed.
And winning the European Cup at the expense of the English national team in its stronghold “Wembley” gave Jorginho, the Italian, of Brazilian descent, the opportunity to brag when he returned to training with his Chelsea team, where he met his friends. countrymen of England trio Mason Mount, Ben Chilwell and Reese James.
On paper, e in based on the level Mancini is leading, Italy appears to be a strong candidate to decide the qualifying ticket directly to the Qatar 2022 finals, leaving the competition for second place between Switzerland, Northern Ireland and Bulgaria and its third opponent in this international window, Lithuania.
The runners-up of the ten groups will play a play-off with two Nations League qualifiers to decide the remaining three cards for the old continent finals.
Switzerland is currently in second place (6 points in two games) against Northern Ireland (one point in two games), Bulgaria (one point in three games) and Lithuania (without points after two games).
Italy has won his prime three games with a score of 2-0 over Northern Ireland in Parma, Bulgaria in Sofia and Lithuania in Vilnius, which hosts Northern Ireland on Thursday.
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