Spain and Italy take each other on in blockbuster clash

History proves that this will be a difficult clash for both teams but Spain are the favorites

Spain and Italy have a long history of rivalry. This is one of the most exciting fixtures to watch around the world. The last fourteen fixtures between them consisted of 5 Spain wins, 3 Italian wins and 6 draws. Both teams have a point to prove going into this historic rivalry. With the Italians tight defending and Spanish passing philosophy and attack this surely will be a tight game. Futbol Mundial covers the build up for this match and how it might turn out given both teams recent form.

Can a nation deprived of international success finally make it

Spain managed to make the Uefa Nations League finals against France last time around when they beat Italy in the last Nations League tie. However they did fall short to France despite taking the lead through Oyarzabal. Spain’s last trophy came 11 years ago where their Golden Generation won their third consecutive international tournament. Many can argue that in recent years Spain has been unsuccessful in recent international tournaments. In the last two World Cups they were knocked out in the Last 16 by Russia and Morocco. They will hope to turn their fortunes around with a win against Italy tonight. Spain will be without Ferran Torres who’s brace led them to a Nations League final last time around.

Italy seeking redemption after failing to reach Qatar

Italy is one of the most frustrating teams to take on due to their stubborn defense. As we saw in the Euros they only conceded 4 goals in 7 matches. Unlike Spain Italy has more recent success than their rivals as they won the Euro 2020. Italy also did defeat Spain on their route to the finals through penalties. Their most recent failure was failing to reach the World Cup in Qatar for the second time in a row. They will hope give themselves a consolation by winning the Nations League. Italy will be looking for revenge after Spain beat them in the Nations League last time around.

Spain’s Tiki Taka vs Italy’s Catenaccio

Regardless of how good Spain’s attack is it wont be any easy feet for them to get past the Italians. Spain will be expected to dominate the game with ball possession so the Italians will need to be patient. Any minor mistake against the Spanish could also cost them the match. Games like this are usually tight as they were 6 draws in the last fourteen games so both teams will need to be at their best.

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