Portugal: Portugal gear up for Italy opener in UEFA Nations League

Portugal manager Fernando Santos expected a good, but challenging match against Italy in their upcoming UEFA Nations League game, at a pre-match press conference in Lisbon on Sunday. Santos stated that after Italy's strong performance in the match against Poland on Friday, he was expecting Monday's game to be a challenge for both sides. «I'm expecting a very good game between two great sides... Еще. We will try to impose our style, but the Italians will do the same...It won't be a tough game only for the Portuguese. It will be tough for us, but for them as well.» he said The home side, who are coming off the back of 1-1 draw against Croatia, are still without Cristiano Ronaldo. The Juventus star has been rested by Fernando Santos for Portugal's first competitive game since being knocked out by Uruguay in the last 16 at the World Cup. Italy, who failed to qualify for Russia 2018, had a 1-1 draw at home against Poland on Friday in the opening round of Nations League's group 3. This was their first competitive game under new manager Roberto Mancini. The Azzurri have won two of their last 10 games — against Albania and Saudi Arabia — with five draws and three defeats since last October. Portugal return to competitive action on Monday, as they host Italy at the Estadio da Luz in Lisbon.

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