UEFA Nations League preview - Friday: Roberto Mancini leads Italy into new era

UEFA Nations League preview - Friday: Roberto Mancini leads Italy into new era

While Poland did at least make it to the World Cup, they put on an bad showing in Russian Federation that saw them fail to make it out of their group.

There is promotion and relegation between each league while the top division will finish with a four-team mini-tournament, to be held in June next year, to decide the Nations League champion.

Italy and Poland meet in League A Group Three, while Turkey and Russian Federation face off in League B Group Two.

Roberto Mancini called on Mario Balotelli to improve his fitness and Italy to cut out the mistakes after they laboured to a 1-1 Nations League draw against Poland.

Mancini will be hoping he can extract the best from the striker having previously signed the maverick star while he was Manchester City manager.

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It has been a miserable summer for Italian football, after their shock failure to qualify for the World Cup left one of football's biggest nations frozen out of Russian Federation.

Italy turns the page after failing to make the World Cup for the first time since 1958.

However he remains an important figure in midfield for the Azzurri and could play his second match at Bologna's Stadio Renato Dall'Ara in the space of a week this evening, when Mancini will oversee his first competitive fixture in charge of the national team.

Jerzy Brzęczek, Poland coach It is my first game; we will start a new chapter with some new people.

Azerbaijan and Kosovo get things off and running at 5pm, while other games include Albania v Israel, Romania v Montenegro and Lithuania v Serbia.

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