Saturday October 12 2013
Thiago Motta: 'I can play anywhere'

Thiago Motta is open to taking any midfield role for Italy after he impressed in front of the defence against Denmark.

“I think we played a good game against a strong side, so at the end of the day a draw is the right result,” he told Rai Sport.

In the 2-2 draw with Denmark, Thiago Motta switched roles with Riccardo Montolivo at half-time, but was particularly effective in the deep-lying playmaker position.

“I like playing on the right or left of midfield too, so the truth is I can play anywhere in midfield. The Coach decides and I am happy to be anywhere.

“I am accustomed to playing in front of the defence at the moment for PSG, but we have so many players in Italy who can take that role, such as Andrea Pirlo who is one of the best in the world there. It’s good that Italy are covered in these positions.”

Thiago Motta isn’t the only contender as Pirlo’s understudy, because his Paris Saint-Germain teammate Marco Verratti is waiting in the wings.

“Marco is another player who can do very well in that role. I am playing in front of the defence at Paris Saint-Germain, but sometimes we change places during the game.”

Playing the 2014 World Cup for Italy would be a special occasion for Thiago Motta, who was born and raised in Brazil.

“There’s a long way to go and I need a great season with PSG so I can be in the best shape for the World Cup. It won’t just be important for me, but for everyone.

“In my view PSG are close to being able to win the Champions League. There is very little missing for us to be able to compete with the greats, like Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus. We need to improve some things, but I’m convinced that at the end we’ll be up there too.”

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