The players have been encouraged by a host of new arrivals, especially youngsters from the Under-21s.
They are also in good shape, with the new signing of midfielder Giorgio Chiellini being a major factor in that.
The new crop of players, from players such as Marco Verratti, Dani Alves and Gonzalo Higuain, have had an immediate impact and should be starting to make a mark at the international level.
It should be a big game for the Italians, and one that will surely be worth watching.
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