Wednesday October 10 2012
Maggio respects unknown Armenia

Christian Maggio says that Italy are expecting a battle against an Armenia side who they still have to study.

The two teams meet in World Cup qualification on Friday and the Napoli player is expected to start at right-back.

“There is a good chance that I’ll play and the whole team is ready to take part in a fierce and difficult encounter,” he said from the Azzurri’s Coverciano training base.

“We still don’t know too much about Armenia, but we will as there is still plenty of time before the match.

“A few days ago I spoke to my Napoli teammate Marek Hamsik who faced them last year. He told me that they don’t have great individual qualities, but they are a side who work very hard.

“We’ll prepare properly for the game on Thursday.”

The Press conference then inevitably turned to the Juventus-Napoli tie which will kick off Week 8 once the international break is over.

“The results show we are in good form,” he added. “We’ll go to Turin with the desire to get the win, even if we know it won’t be simple.

“It will be an important match for both clubs, but it is too soon to talk about the Scudetto. The championship is still very long.”