Tuesday October 15 2013
‘Armenia more motivated than Italy’

Vardan Minasyan is aware of the task facing his Armenia team tonight, but remarks that they are greater motivated than opponents Italy.

Armenia head into this Tuesday’s closing round of World Cup qualification games still in with a chance of finishing second behind the Azzurri in Group B to take the play-off spot away from Bulgaria and Denmark.

For that reason, their Coach believes his team will have the right attitude in facing up to Cesare Prandelli’s side at the Stadio San Paolo.

“We still have a chance to qualify,” Minasyan has pointed out to reporters before the game.

“We are more determined that the Azzurri and it will provide us with a lot of spirit, even as we cannot forget that we have been adversely affected by injuries.

“That Italy has already qualified does not matter, they will be motivated and will have behind them the strong support of Naples, a city where they have not played for seven years.

“Balotelli is very strong and Insigne will be charged by his home crowd. But, we have not exhausted our chances to go to Brazil.”