Thursday June 6 2013
Bonucci focused on Czech Republic

Italy won’t start thinking about the Confederations Cup until after Friday’s World Cup qualifier against the Czech Republic, says Leonardo Bonucci.

This week’s game in Prague is being somewhat overshadowed in the media by transfer rumours and the tournament in Brazil which will be played at the end of this month.

“A lot of things are being talked about in these days, but not about our crucial World Cup qualifying game,” the Juventus stopper warned.

“The tie in the Czech Republic will be a crossroads for us.

“As Coach Cesare Prandelli has stated, we’re thinking about this important step and then from Friday night we’ll think about the Confederations Cup.”

Italy will face Brazil, Mexico and Japan in the group stages of the competition – with Uruguay and Spain possible later threats.

“It will be an important tournament for us,” added the 26-year-old. “Doing well there will help us forget about the European Championship Final that we lost.

“Losing as we did to Spain, 4-0, still hurts.”

The Azzurri are top of World Cup qualifying Group B – three points ahead of Bulgaria, five clear of the Czechs and seven in front of Denmark.

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