Italy face Netherlands in UEFA Nations League Group A1 – all you need to know.
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Italy take on Netherlands in UEFA Nations League Group A1 in Bergamo on Wednesday 14 October at 20:45 CET.Italy vs Netherlands: live build-up
Where to watch the game on TV
As they stand
• Unbeaten in 18 games (W14 D4), Italy are a point clear at the top of League A Group 1 following Sunday's 0-0 draw in Poland.
• The Netherlands are the lowest-scoring side in a low-scoring section: just one goal so far. Including last week's friendly loss to Mexico, they have not scored in three matches.
• Italy’s record in 22 previous games against the Netherlands is W9 D10 L3; Nicolò Barella’s goal gave the Azzurri a 1-0 win in the sides' September encounter in Group A1.
• The Dutch are without a victory in six meetings with Italy (D3 L3) since they beat the Azzurri 3-0 in their opening fixture at UEFA EURO 2008.
What the coaches say
Roberto Mancini, Italy coach: "Being a young team we can improve; when we have situations like in Poland and the Netherlands we had plenty of chances and we scored only one goal. We will try to win this group and qualify for the finals. The Netherlands are a strong team with many talented youngsters. They are improving game by game. It will be a beautiful game, a difficult one. We started two years ago calling several young players. The group now is very united, we just need to play these kind of games to keep improving."
Frank de Boer, Netherlands coach: "We didn't play well against the Bosnians, but we did create five good chances. We have trained for two scenarios. The group has to decide which one to use on the pitch. If the first doesn't work, we can quickly switch to plan B. In any case, you will see something different than in the home game. I am very positive."