For the sixth time, the Under-21 National Team are playing in Ferrara, almost ten years since the last match at the Stadio Paolo Mazza on 5th February 2008 which was a win against the Netherlands. In five previous matches – two friendlies and three European Championship qualifiers – the Azzurrini have picked up as many wins. The Emilian city has brought fortune to the Azzurrini who will face Morocco there tomorrow at 18:30 CEST in the fourth friendly of the season.
Following on from the brilliant win over Hungary in Budapest, the Under-21s will now test themselves against an African side. “It’s certainly an interesting test because of this as we don’t have previous meetings behind us,” said Luigi Di Biagio. “We’re used to playing European sides so we’re up against a different opponent here. It will be a nice experience which does good for our development progress which we’re still at the start of even if we’re already at a good point.”
Two new players are in the squad following the Hungary match. They are Spal’s Federico Bonazzoli after he returned from the Under-20 8 Nations fixture with England and Pescara’s Luca Valzania after Del Favero, Mandragora, Verde and Dickmann all dropped out.
Goalkeepers: Emil Audero (Venezia), Mattia Del Favero (Juventus), Simone Scuffet (Udinese);
Defenders: Claud Adjapong (Sassuolo), Davide Calabria (Milan), Elio Capradossi (Bari), Gianluca Mancini (Atalanta), Giuseppe Pezzella (Udinese), Filippo Romagna (Cagliari), Marco Varnier (Cittadella);
Midfielders: Federico Chiesa (Fiorentina), Fabio Depaoli (Chievo Verona), Manuel Locatelli (Milan), Alessandro Murgia (Lazio), Matteo Pessina (Spezia), Luca Valzania (Pescara);
Forwards: Federico Bonazzoli (Spal), Patrick Cutrone (Milan), Andrea Favilli (Ascoli), Riccardo Orsolini (Atalanta), Vittorio Parigini (Benevento), Luca Vido (Atalanta).