Christian Maggio gave himself “6 out of 10” for his performance in Italy’s 2-2 draw with Bulgaria.
“We knew it was a very difficult game and they would raise their efforts because they were facing Italy. We ran into some problems, but ultimately can be content with the draw,” said the Napoli winger.
It was moments after the Azzurri switched from a 3-5-2 to a 4-3-1-2 that Bulgaria drew level, most notably with Maggio out of position.
“We changed system and immediately conceded the equaliser, so that was annoying, but it wasn’t because we went to a four-man defence,” he insisted.
“I can always do better and know when I play badly, so I’d give myself a 6 out of 10 today.”
In the first half Italy rarely attacked down the right, which is Maggio’s hunting ground.
“It wasn’t the plan, no. During the week we tested various options and many things can change during a game. We didn’t play much down the right, but made the most of other solutions.”
The Azzurri were often seen arguing and pulling each other up for mistakes during a tense game in Sofia.
“We knew that at that moment we were struggling and not doing what we should. It’s normal to be more tense in those moments, so we have to do better at staying calm and playing it simple.”