The Italy Men’s National Team began their preparations for their second match at the 2024 European Championship on Monday afternoon. The Azzurri had a more laid-back session on Sunday morning after having played on Saturday, but the work looking ahead to Spain started on Monday.

As reported by La Gazzetta dello Sport, the session – which had been scheduled for 17:00 CEST – got going at 17:15 CEST as Luciano Spalletti gathered the players in the dressing room for a team talk beforehand.

Alessandro Bastoni in training with the Italy Men’s National Team. (@Azzurri)

Spalletti and Italy playing with a full deck vs Spain

Italy, as of Monday evening, have no injury concerns ahead of the game against an impressive Spain side. 

The main focus of Monday’s session was possession work, with Nicolo Barella having a central role during the match exercises – the Inter midfielder was playing alternatively with whichever side had possession, giving the team in possession 12 men against an 11-player defensive side.

Nicolo Barella in training with the Italy Men’s National Team. (@Azzurri)

With Barella wearing an orange bib and playing between teams in blue and in yellow, the team in blue was: Alex Meret; Gianluca Mancini, Alessandro Bastoni, Riccardo Calafiori; Giovanni Di Lorenzo, Jorginho, Bryan Cristante, Federico Dimarco; Federico Chiesa, Davide Frattesi, Mateo Retegui.

The orange team was: Guglielmo Vicario; Federico Gatti, Alessandro Buongiorno, Matteo Darmian; Raoul Bellanova, Nicolo Fagioli, Michael Folorunsho, Andrea Cambiaso; Stephan El Shaarawy, Gianluca Scamacca, Mattia Zaccagni

First-choice goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma worked alone with the goalkeeper coaches. 

Italy are one game into their Euro 2024 campaign, having come from behind to beat Albania 2-1 in their opener.

Spain, meanwhile, started their tournament in emphatic fashion with a 3-0 win over Croatia.

The Azzurri take on Spain on Thursday, June 20, before facing Croatia in their final Group B game on Monday, June 24.