Third qualifying match for the European category of 2023 for theUnder 21 by Paolo Nicolato, who returns to the field a month after the double win against Luxembourg and Montenegro. The azzurrini will face Bosnia away on Friday 8 October and Sweden on Tuesday 12, in Monza. The challenge with the Scandinavians is the one that can be worth the head of the group: the Swedes are in fact currently first in group F with 7 points in 3 games, one more than Italy which, however, has only played two games. The first place is worth the direct qualification to the final phase, to be held in Georgia and Romania: the best second also passes, the second will instead access the play-offs in September 2022.
Nicolato does not trust Bosnia
The blue coach, Paolo Nicolato, does not trust Bosnia: “They proved to be very difficult from a defensive point of view, a team that has a strong sense of identity, suffers little and concedes even less. We must know that it will be an open match. until the end and we must have the strength to stay in it with great attention, because they are good at counterattacks. This is a group in which you can lose points against different teams. ” In Zenica, the weather will not be the best: “These conditions annoy us a little but we can’t do anything about it. There is a lot of water, we hope to find a field that is up to the situation but it continues to rain and rain is expected in the next few days. hours”.
Comparison with Spain
Teased about Spain seen in the Nations League, Nicolato admits that Italy is behind: “We hope they will teach us something. Their ability to produce talent is very high, they have left many at home, but we have few young people and if they go in National A we can go into difficulty like Under 21, because we don’t have such a large pool. Spain can afford to leave good young people at home because they are doing a very profitable basic job, which we must reflect on. “