Italy captain Gigi Buffon has looked to silence the side’s critics following the 2-2 draw in Bulgaria on Friday.
The Azzurri opened their World Cup 2014 qualifying campaign with a point, but the performance was not one of the best.
“It’s right to accept criticism when the evidence is in the eyes of everybody,” the Juventus shot-stopper stated.
“However, I think that at the end of the 10 qualifying games for Brazil 2014, that point in Bulgaria will be worth a lot.
“Now we just have to concentrate on Malta to get over the last game and win it by playing a good brand of football.”
Italy boss Cesare Prandelli is set to revert to a 4-3-1-2 system after starting Friday’s encounter with a Juventus-style 3-5-2.
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