Giorgio Chiellini wants to secure Italy’s place in the semi-finals of the Confederations Cup before their last group game against Brazil.
Having beaten Mexico 2-1 on Sunday, the Azzurri will face Alberto Zaccheroni’s Japan on Wednesday evening looking for victory.
“It’s important to start such a short competition well,” the Juventus centre-back commented. “Mexico are a credible rival for qualification.
“We played an excellent game and we deserved the win.
“Now we must start again from that and we have a fundamental game in midweek in terms of qualification.
“Winning would guarantee us a place in the last four and that is our intention.”
Japan, bossed by former Juventus tactician Zaccheroni, lost 3-0 to hosts Brazil in their opener on Saturday evening.