Giampiero Ventura admits “this Italy side is obviously not good enough for the World Cup, but we’re working towards it. We need more time in training.”
Albania and Atalanta goalkeeper Etrit Berisha was impressed by Italy and noted “the details always make the difference” after a 1-0 result.
Eder admits he was unaccustomed to being in the starting XI for Italy or Inter, but the Azzurri showed “hunger, character and enthusiasm” in Albania.
Christian Panucci believes Italy got the better of Albania thanks to their “typical smarts” and his own side’s naivety. “We emerge with heads held high.”
Italy are top seeds for the World Cup play-off draw and are likely to face Sweden, Northern Ireland, Greece or the Republic of Ireland.
Lorenzo Insigne praised the Italy “spirit and determination” after a 1-0 win in Albania and shrugged off questions about the tactical system.
Roberto Gagliardini maintains it was “really tough where Albania fight for every ball” for Italy to secure a victory in Shkoder.
Antonio Candreva noted Italy’s victory in Albania could “not be taken for granted” and the team talk with the old guard was important.
Giampiero Ventura insists the 1-0 win in Albania represents “another small step forward” for Italy, while being World Cup play-off seeds was “the objective.”
Antonio Candreva’s goal proved enough as Italy grabbed a precious 1-0 win in Albania that makes them top seeds in the World Cup play-off draw.
Join us for all the build-up and action from tonight’s crucial World Cup qualifier between Italy and Christian Panucci’s Albania.
Gigi Di Biagio expects a “fascinating and new experience” for his Italy Under-21 side in tomorrow’s friendly with Morocco.
Albania goalkeeper Etrit Berisha, who plays in Serie A for Atalanta, explained how Christian Panucci imposed “discipline” ahead of the Italy game.
Italy return to the 4-2-4 formation with Ciro Immobile, Lorenzo Insigne, Eder and Antonio Candreva in the final World Cup qualifier in Albania.
Leonardo Bonucci and Gigi Buffon are the only Italian nominees for the Ballon d’Or, along with Dries Mertens, Edin Dzeko and Paulo Dybala.
Napoli star Lorenzo Insigne reveals an unexpected name for his football hero – Juventus legend Alessandro Del Piero.
The home leg of Italy’s 2018 World Cup play-off next month could be played at San Siro in Milan or Udinese’s Dacia Arena.
Aurelio De Laurentiis urges Giampiero Ventura to drop the 4-2-4 system for Italy, prepares for Roma-Napoli and reveals his Roberto Inglese plans.
The nominees for the Ballon d’Or continue to emerge, including Gianluigi Buffon, Dries Mertens, Paulo Dybala and Edin Dzeko.
Brazil Coach Tite is expected to attend Napoli-Manchester City to assess Allan and Jorginho.
FIGC President Carlo Tavecchio assures that Giampiero Ventura’s job “has never been up for discussion”.
Italy are expected to go back to their 4-2-4 system against Albania with Leonardo Spinazzola, Antonio Candreva and Eder coming in.
Ciro Immobile will start against Albania, despite the risk of suspension at the World Cup play-offs. “It’s an important game.”
FIGC President Carlo Tavecchio assured they are “assisting Giampiero Ventura and ready to follow his choices” for the Italy squad.
Other results mean Italy must win in Albania on Monday night or they might not be top seeds in the World Cup play-off draw.