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Can Italy stop Lewandowski again?

Robert Lewandowski will once again be the number one threat for Italy’s defence and Lorenzo Bettoni wonders if the Azzurri will be able to stop him...

It will be a win or win game for Roberto Mancini’s men at Reggio Emilia’s Mapei Stadium on November 15 as Italy are one point off table leaders Poland. Robert Lewandowski will be the main threat.

The 32-year-old has only scored two of Poland’s five goals in the Nations League and that’s because he’s only played two games in the competition so far. Lewa made his season Nations League debut against Italy last month as he missed the first three games of the group stage in September given that he had just won the Champions League with Bayern Munich and, at that time, he was enjoying some deserved time off.

As tradition wants, Italy have had impressive defensive performances so far with only two goals conceded in four games. On the other hand, they only managed three goals but they are enough to keep their qualification hopes alive. Poland have also conceded two goals in four games but are the best attacking force in the group.

Roberto Mancini’s men, however, did nullify the Bayern Munich striker last month in Gdansk when the hosts held Italy to a stalemate draw. Leonardo Bonucci and Francesco Acerbi started that game at the back with Emerson Palmieri and Alessandro Florenzi on their flanks.

The Juventus and Lazio defender, who faced each other this past weekend in a 1-1 draw at Roma’s Stadio Olimpico, controlled the experienced forward who only had a couple of clear-cut chances. Emerson did also help the defensive duo with a last-gasp tackle that prevented him from going one-to-one with Gigio Donnarumma in the first half.

Mancini could field a similar defensive unit in the return leg as Giorgio Chiellini is out of action with an injury, as are Alessio Romagnoli and Angelo Ogbonna. The Milan and West Ham defenders had been called up by Mancini, but he was forced to replace them on Monday with Inter’s Alessandro Bastoni and Sassuolo’s Gian Marco Ferrari, whereas Milan’s Davide Calabria has earned his first senior Italy-call up.

If the Azzurri pull off a win, they’d need to do the same three days later when they will travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina for the last game of the group stage. Italy are the only unbeaten team in their group which also includes The Netherlands.

Both sides have extra motivations to qualify for the next stage as, whoever goes through, will then be likely to be chosen as the host country for the final four stage. If Italy progress, the semi-finals and finals will be played at Milan’s Giuseppe Meazza and Turin’s Allianz Stadium.

That’s a significant prize, and stopping Lewandowski is half the battle for the Azzurri.

Have your say...
Poland is terrible...Italy schooled them...the dude that said Poland outplayed Italy in the first match - I wonder if he saw the schooling that Italy imposed on Poland today.. .not even close.. and that was our B team..maybe C team.. Lewandoski? You need ti be fed the ball to do any scoring.. Poland didn't have a shot on goal.
on the 16th November, 2020 at 1:02am
Thank you FI for not showing my posts. You're welcome.
on the 14th November, 2020 at 7:22am
@Anonymous

Im pretty sure 9/10 rather see calico rather than friendlies...

Hence, few care. Its VIKTOR and not victor.
on the 11th November, 2020 at 1:18pm
@Varsavia, you're a Poland fan, I can see..Italy was the better team. The game was actually played in Poland... I saw very little quality in the Poland team that day...
on the 11th November, 2020 at 11:07am
@ Lweski, I'm sorry but Poland isn't even close to Italy... Forget the table... Italy should have beaten them, and have been the best team in the group... they will beat Poland on Sunday.
on the 11th November, 2020 at 11:02am
Victor if u not care why wasting ur time commenting keep it to ur self and find something else to do.
on the 10th November, 2020 at 11:36pm
The Nazionale means everything to me regardless if its a friendly, qualifier or tournamnet match. Looking forward to the 3 games. Hoping for 3 wins. If Romagnoli is fit would like to see him alongside Bastoni tomorrow. Disappointed Caputo is injured. We will be likely missing some players due to covid but hopefully wpnt be too affected. Hoping for a bif win tomorrow with Estonia. My predictions for the three games are Italy 4-0 Estonia, Italy 2-0 Poland, Bosnia 0-2 italy. Forza Italia.
on the 10th November, 2020 at 7:19pm
Last time Italy-Poland 1-1 draw in Bologna was very lucky for the hosts (undeserved penalty, no VAR).
on the 10th November, 2020 at 4:29pm
It's sad that people say they don't care about national team. It needs the players to gel and have chemistry, especially the forwards with the midfield, so that Italy gets back into top 10 in the world and starts doing better at Major tournaments.
on the 9th November, 2020 at 8:56pm
If he gets enough balls from his partners Italy won't stop him.
on the 9th November, 2020 at 8:41pm
No one cares.
on the 9th November, 2020 at 2:32pm
Can they stop him??? Of course they can stop him, they stopped him in Poland didn't they? Italy are the best team in this group. The real question is.. will they play like it?
on the 9th November, 2020 at 1:41pm

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