Jorginho was a surprising omission from the matchday squad against Middlesbrough.
Speaking after the game, Thomas Tuchel explained he decided to drop Jorginho to give him some rest.
“They [Italy] owe me a big one,” he added jokingly.
Italy face North Macedonia in World Cup Qualifiers on March 24. If they beat North Macedonia, they’ll face the winner of the Portugal v Turkey tie in the decider on March 29.
Thomas Tuchel also added that Kepa missed the game through illness.