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CROATIA VS ITALY EURO 2024 GROUP B MATCHDAY 3 PREVIEW

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When is it? How can you watch it? What are the possible line-ups? All you need to know about the UEFA EURO 2024 Group B match between Croatia and Italy

Where to watch Croatia vs Italy on TV?

Fans can find their local UEFA EURO 2024 broadcast partner(s) here.

What do you need to know?

Coaches Zlatko Dalić and Luciano Spalletti both have plenty to ponder going into this pivotal Matchday 3 fixture. Croatia have just a point so far after following up their defeat by Group B winners Spain with a 2-2 draw against Albania. Their once parsimonious back line has already been breached five times, and a positive result in Leipzig will require strong defensive foundations.

The Azzurri were also given a fright by Albania in their opening game – conceding inside 23 seconds – before recovering to win 2-1, though the holders had no answer to Spain next time out. Only one team have successfully defended their EURO crown, yet the minimum expectation for Italy is a knockout place and they have work to do. As do Croatia. Who needs what to qualify?

Possible line-ups

Croatia: Livaković; Stanišić, Šutalo, Pongračić, Gvardiol; Modrić, Brozović, Kovačić; Mario Pašalić, Kramarić, Sučić
Misses next match if booked: Ivušić

Italy: Donnarumma; Di Lorenzo, Bastoni, Calafiori, Dimarco; Cristante, Jorginho; Barella, Pellegrini, Chiesa; Retegui
Misses next match if booked: Calafiori, Cristante, Donnarumma, Pellegrini

Form guide

Croatia:
Form (all competitions, most recent first): DLWWWD

Italy:
Form (all competitions, most recent first): LWWDWW

We haven’t started the tournament well. We have not been at our true level. We are conceding goals too easily. In Qatar [at the 2022 World Cup], we conceded one goal in the group stage, and now we’ve conceded five in two matches. We don’t have Ivan Perišić in the top form he was in in Qatar. Some players are two years older, and we are playing against strong opponents. But I think the main issue is that we have been conceding goals too easily.

Zlatko Dalić, Croatian Head Coach

Croatia are not only a great team, but they are also very experienced. We’ll have to be switched on to gauge when to speed up the tempo of the game, and when to calm down and control possession. I made a mistake in not making some changes between the first and second games. So this time, I think I need to make some.

Luciano Spalletti, Italian Head Coach

SOURCE: uefa.com

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