Italy enter into the UEFA Nations League hoping to get back to the glory days, but under the regime of Roberto Mancini. The former Manchester City and Inter Milan manager has taken over the national team reins for the first time in his career. Mancini has been able to enjoy success at various stages of club football, but it remains to be seen if he will be able to lead the four-time world champions to success at the UEFA Nations League. They are up against a Poland outfit that will be under the regime of Jerzy Brzeczek for the first time in a competitive match.
Mancini will seek a solid display against Poland after having failed to make much of an impact in the friendly matches until now. The lack of a clean sheet in the few couple of games under his regime will worry Mancini, but there is a strong squad being called up for this match. Italy have been able to name a rather young team for this game, as Mancini looks to build for the future. Getting a positive result out of a young team – after having gone with experienced players for much of the last decade – will be a major challenge for Italy. Poland have been able to enjoy players like Krzysztof Piatek being on good form, but usual names like Robert Lewandowski will once again be key.