Sunday June 23 2013
Giaccherini: 'Brazil underestimated me'

Emanuele Giaccherini revealed how he scored against Brazil. “Thiago Silva underestimated me.”

The versatile Italy man netted in last night’s 4-2 Confederations Cup defeat in Salvador, the first goal Brazil have conceded in the tournament.

“Mario (Balotelli) gave me a great pass and then I saw Alino (Diamanti), but as Thiago Silva did not come towards me, I tried to run into the space and scored a fine goal,” he told Rai Sport.

“These are moments that can occur during a match, at times they go your way and others they don’t. I was quite far out on the right, so perhaps Thiago Silva underestimated me, as he thought I couldn’t possibly score from there.”

Giaccherini has often been criticised by fans and media, but is proving to be reliable for Italy and Juventus this season.

“I feel as important as all my teammates, because we all feel the Coach has faith in us. Everything I dreamed of is coming true and now that I am here I’m trying to give my all. Of course I’m thinking about the World Cup, but also keeping my feet on the ground, as anything could happen in the next year.

“The Coach asked me to change system during the game, so I moved behind Balotelli and Diamanti. I played as a trequartista in Serie B and don’t have a specific role, but I’m happy like that.”

The Azzurri are through to the Confederations Cup semi-final, but in three games conceded eight goals against Mexico, Japan and Brazil.

“In football you need balance. We played badly against Japan, both physically and tactically, but none of our performances so far have been complete disasters.”

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