Thiago Motta “couldn't have asked for more” than scoring the winning goal on his second Italy cap.
The Inter midfielder, born in Brazil and now an ‘Oriundo' – South American playing for Italy – got the strike in Slovenia this evening.
“I couldn't have asked for more than scoring on my second cap. I must above all thank the lads and Coach for giving me confidence and a warm welcome,” he said.
“We played good football, which is what the Coach asked for, taking control in midfield and playing Antonio Cassano between the lines where he can put in through balls.
“Cesare Prandelli asked all the midfielders to move around and not stay static, as that makes it more difficult for Slovenia to defend against. We did that better in the second half and found the space we needed.
“I think we have to carry on along our own path, as we have a very strong squad that can certainly do better, but so far is also doing pretty well.”
Thiago has some Italian family and already said he was interested in playing for the Azzurri when he was still at Genoa.
“Marcello Lippi did not call me and I don't think that's important right now. I am very happy to be a part of the Italy squad, have to focus on now and the future. The past is unimportant.
“All my friends, family and of course Leonardo sent nice text messages complimenting me on the goal. Leo always tries to watch his players in action.”