Italia hopeful of hurting Euro champions The country
LILLE – Italia coach Antonio Conte believes his team can thrive because the underdogs once they face The country within the first knockout round at Euro 2016 next Monday.
Italia coach Antonio Conte believes his team can thrive because the underdogs once they face The country within the first knockout round at Euro 2016.
The Azzurri’s reward for finishing surface of Group E is really a ending up in the reigning champions inside a repeat from the Euro 2012 final, when The country outclassed the Italians 4- in Kiev.
Considering that Conte’s side were wiped off in certain quarters prior to the tournament started, just reaching the knockout phase could be described as a success by itself.
However the coach stated his players might take inspiration using their performance in fighting much-wanted Belgium 2- within their opening game in the tournament a week ago once they mind towards the Stade de France.
“Players do everything they need to. They’re working very difficult and we must keep grafting. We have to have no anxiety,” stated Conte following a much-altered Italian side, with top place within their group already assured, lost 1- towards the Republic of eire on Wednesday.
“The very first aim was to get involved with the final 16. We now have a match against among the favourites but let us remember where we began from.
“We should not get above our station. A final-16 match against The country should excite us and we have to play like we did against Belgium, against a side who’re supposedly superior.”
– ‘Crazy imbalance’ –
Italy’s wins from the Belgians and Norway permitted Conte to rotate his squad against Ireland in Lille, where he earned eight changes to his beginning line-up.
But winning the audience has been doing little to assist Italia, who end up around the wrong side of the items presently has the feel of an very uneven draw.
When the Azzurri do have the ability to beat The country — who also knocked them on penalties within the Euro 2008 quarter-finals — their reward might be a quarter-final against world champions Germany. Hosts France or England could are available in the semi-finals.
“There’s a wild imbalance within the draw for that second round, but individuals would be the rules and we must respect them,” Conte stated.
Paris Saint-Germain’s South america-born midfielder Thiago Motta was certainly one of individuals who arrived to the Italia side in the Stade Pierre-Mauroy.
Motta, 33, will probably drop from the team again come Monday to create method for Roma’s Daniele De Rossi for any match he states Italia can win.
“We all know that Italia aren’t nearly as good a side as The country or Germany but we all know we are able to win by playing to the strengths,” stated Motta, who made an appearance as an alternative within the 2012 final.
“Nobody supported us prior to the tournament after which after two matches i was already through.”
Italia had looked looking for a tie against Croatia before Ante Cacic’s team claimed an unexpected 2-1 victory over The country to depart the reigning champions second in Group D as well as on an accident course using the Azzurri.
Motta added: “When the match starts there won’t be any favourites. They’ll attempt to control possession but Croatia demonstrated there are weaknesses within their side so we possess the weapons to result in The country problems.”