Italy and Spain are set to kick off an international friendly on the eve of Europe's club season. While Europe's top clubs are preparing for their upcoming season, many of them are losing players for a couple of days while they fulfill their international duties.
However, Spain has two players that opted not to attend the match. Xavi and Sergio Ramos have decided to return to their club teams instead of taking part in the upcoming friendly.
The last two World Cup champions are set to square off in what is the most anticipated friendly of the year; however, it loses a bit of its luster with Xavi and Ramos heading home.
Even without these two players, the match is still expected to draw plenty of fans and it should still be one of the more entertaining friendlies of the year.
Spain is just a year removed from winning the World Cup and will be looking to reassert their dominance over the rest of Europe with a victory against Italy. They are the best team in the world right now and a win would only help to solidify their spot on the top of the FIFA World Rankings, especially with the Netherlands closing in fast.
The Italians won the World Cup in 2006, but disappointed their fans in 2010, as they were eliminated earlier than expected. Italy will be using this match to prove that they are still one of the most dominant teams in Europe and that they can handle playing against any team in the world.
Both teams have something to prove in this match, and even though it is a friendly, the competition should be quite fierce.
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