Thursday November 14 2013
Italy probable XI v Germany

Roma’s Daniele De Rossi will start on the bench for the Italy-Germany clash after he missed training on Thursday.

The midfielder has been struggling with a foot injury since the 1-1 draw with Sassuolo on Sunday and won’t be risked from the first minute.

Italy boss Cesare Prandelli is set to field a 4-3-1-2 system after experimenting with a 4-3-3 and a 4-3-2-1 in recent months.

Gigi Buffon will be handed the gloves behind a back-four of Ignazio Abate, Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci and Domenico Criscito.

In the middle, playmaker Andrea Pirlo will be flanked by Juventus teammate Claudio Marchisio and PSG’s Thiago Motta.

Milan’s Riccardo Montolivo will be fielded in support of a tandem attack comprising Mario Balotelli and Pablo Daniel Osvaldo.

Giuseppe Rossi did take part in light training today after spending the last two days struggling with illness.

Italy will face Germany at San Siro on Friday night.

Italy probable: Buffon; Abate, Barzagli, Bonucci, Criscito; Marchisio, Pirlo, Thiago Motta; Montolivo; Balotelli, Osvaldo.

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