Italy will be “hungry for revenge” following their World Cup absence when they meet Spain at the Nations League Finals in June, Roberto Mancini’s assistant Alberico Evani has told Stats Perform.
The European champions missed out on a second consecutive edition of the global tournament last year after falling to a shock qualification play-off defeat against North Macedonia in March.
However, the Azzurri bounced back to top a competitive Nations League group containing Hungary, Germany and England as they qualified for the competition’s final four for the second edition in a row.
Italy will face Spain – who beat them in the 2021 semi-finals at San Siro – on June 15 following Wednesday’s draw, while hosts Netherlands will meet Croatia.
Evani, who was a World Cup runner-up as a player in 1994 before joining Mancini’s backroom team in 2018, knows Spain will be tough opponents but hopes Italy can prove a point.
“We’ve struggled against them in the past because of their style of play,” Evani said of the threat posed by La Roja.
“We would have preferred to avoid them, but it’s also nice to have to play against them, as we can see if we have improved.
“We are the only two teams who reached the final four in the last two consecutive editions. Let’s see if we can change the result.
“We are hungry for revenge and to take back what we have left in London two years ago [when winning the delayed Euro 2020].
“We have the skills to do it and we are doing all we can to be competitive again, we are working to be in the best possible conditions in June.”