In a few hours, the Under-21 National Team will face Albania at the Sardegna Arena in Cagliari. Kick-off is at 18:30 CEST and the Swiss referee Lionel Tschudi will be in charge. Luigi Di Biagio expects to see a positive reaction in the second match of the journey that builds up to the European Championship finals that Italy will host in June along with San Marino.
“It’s a different game compared with the one against Slovakia,” said Di Biagio. “A game that will not only allow me to try out some players who didn’t play on Thursday, but will also give me some ideas that may be useful with respect to the future. It is important to play well, because although you don’t always win if you play well, eight times out of ten you will get the win if you do.” The coach, who will have to make do without the injured Favilli tomorrow, has not yet committed himself to a definite starting eleven. “There are still 3 or 4 players who are recovering, we always start with four in defence and then something could change in the middle of the field. I have to take a look at the lads and decide. The hope tomorrow is to entertain people, I think the boys have very high moral values and have learned their lesson. A group tends to grow when it is experiencing difficulties.”