Wednesday August 14 2013
Marchetti calm on Azzurri chances

Federico Marchetti performed two spectacular saves in Italy’s 2-1 loss to Argentina, but isn’t taking his Azzurri place for granted.

“The first half we struggled a little and were not able to get a handle on Argentina. They had those two chances and did well to make the most of them,” he told RAI Sport after coming on as a substitute.

“We were more incisive in attack for the second half. We know there is a lot to improve, but that we are also a great team and can challenge anyone. We showed that in Brazil at the Confederations Cup and have a year to get in shape.”

The Lazio goalkeeper needed two amazing saves on Gonzalo Higuain and Maxi Rodriguez after replacing Gigi Buffon.

However, after a disastrous 2010 World Cup and a year on the sidelines due to a contract dispute with Cagliari, Marchetti is taking nothing for granted.

“I take it one day at a time, especially as I’ve been through all sorts. I am happy to be back in this squad made up of great lads as well as great players. I am ready to give my contribution when it is needed.

“It’s only normal that after a year of not playing at Cagliari it was already a miracle to be back in the Italy side at all.”

Marchetti will be back in action at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday night, as Lazio face Juventus for the Italian Super Cup.

“Now I have to focus on the Super Cup. As I said a few weeks ago, we’re 50-50, as Juventus are a great side and so are we. May the best team win.”