Italy vs Czech Republic Friendly International LIVE Football Score 4 June 2021
Title contenders Italy conclude their preparations for Euro 2020 on Friday, as they meet fellow finalists Czech Republic in Bologna. Having finalised their squad following last week’s thumping of San Marino, the Azzurri now have one final fixture to warm up for this summer’s main even
Italy coach Roberto Mancini named his final 26-man squad for Euro 2020 earlier this week, as his in-form side ready themselves for the challenge of contesting Group A with Switzerland, Turkey and Wales in the coming weeks. Ahead of opening their quest for continental glory at Stadio Olimpico against Turkey next week, Mancini further whittled down his provisional selection after a training camp at Coverciano and a 7-0 win over neighbouring San Marino.
Having contributed to the defensive instability which effectively wrecked Roma’s season this spring, Gianluca Mancini was among the men to miss out, along with Everton’s Moise Kean, Atalanta midfielder Matteo Pessina and Napoli winger Matteo Politano. Now looking ahead to Friday’s fixture at Stadio Renato Dall’Ara, former Manchester City manager Mancini will be aware that expectation is growing throughout the peninsula.
Since taking the reins in May 2018, he has the highest win rate of any Italy manager – coming out on top in over two-thirds of his 28 games to date – and his new-look Azzurri have rattled in 67 goals and conceded just 14 during the process. With the ink still drying on a new contract that runs until 2026, Mancini has so far made a success of bouncing back from the bitter humiliation of failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.
Italy have since eased to qualification for both the Euros and the semi-finals of the ongoing Nations League; also claiming three wins from three on the road to Qatar 2022, while extending their unbeaten home record in World Cup qualifiers to 56 games. In all, the four-time world champions have gone undefeated during their last 25 outings, so will want to avoid breaking such momentum against the Czechs this week, whatever the strength of their starting XI.
As they will not kick off their campaign at the Euros until June 14 – versus Scotland at Hampden Park – the Czech Republic will only now face their first friendly since the end of the 2020-21 season. In fact, their preparations have been disrupted by Scotland’s COVID-19 regulations, as they were due to train in Edinburgh throughout the summer, but will now base themselves at home instead – travelling to and from the UK for each of their finals fixtures.
Before meeting Albania in Prague next week, they must first leave the Czech capital for Emilia-Romagna, having experienced a mixed start to World Cup qualifying during the last international period in March. Though a regulation thumping of Estonia was followed by their impressive home draw with Group E powerhouses Belgium, the Euro 96 finalists’ most recent outing ended in a disappointing defeat to Wales.
Now readying themselves for a seventh successive European Championship finals, Jaroslav Silhavy’s team will feature in Group D alongside England, Scotland and Croatia, with their foundations built upon players who have come through the ranks at recently resurgent Slavia Prague.
Of course, former Slavia pair Vladimir Coufal and Tomas Soucek – now starring in the Premier League with West Ham United – have been at the heart of the Czech revival, which saw them beat England in qualifying and win their Nations League group last year. Additionally, Hammers transfer target Alex Kral (currently at Spartak Moscow) has impressed since leaving the national champions.
Head coach Silhavy – a former Slavia defender (and manager) who holds the Czech record for top-flight appearances – must share some of the credit too, having taken charge after his nation’s failure to reach the 2018 World Cup and subsequently guided them on to greater things. Therefore, the Czechs may pose a significant threat to Italy’s long unbeaten record on Friday, with a good showing in Bologna potentially confirming their status as contenders for a place in the knockout stages this summer.
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Italy’s national team has three injured midfielders – Stefano Sensi, Marco Verratti, and Lorenzo Pellegrini. They were all injured in May this year and are expected to return at different times in June or later depending on how their health is.
The Czech Republic has only two injured players and one of them is midfielder Thomas Holes, who is set to be back at the end of May but we can’t be certain he will make the squad for the friendly game. Three other players are on special leave because they have to play in Fortuna Liga, but they are also set to be back at the end of May and they might make the squad.