Saturday November 16 2013
Bonucci's German highs and lows

Leonardo Bonucci explained how he set up Italy’s goal and almost gave one away to Germany in their 1-1 draw.

The centre-back was in the thick of the action last night, combining with Ignazio Abate for the equaliser at San Siro.

“I stayed up after the corner, the first thing that came to me was to do the back-heel for Igna and it went well. At first he was a bit shocked, as he didn’t realise who had done it!” laughed the Juventus defender.

“In the first half we struggled to close down on their forwards, as they all played just above the midfield and made it tough for us to go get them.”

Bonucci also committed a howler, as Andreas Schurrle pounced on a poor clearance and thumped the crossbar.

“I was waiting for Schurrle’s movement on Andrea Barzagli, but I lost the moment and the pass was intercepted. Thankfully he hit the bar, but that is our style, to play out from the back and start moves there.

“We proved we could get a difficult match back on track against a consolidated German side. They have improved, above all tactically, since the Euro 2012 semi-final.

“We have players who can make the difference at the World Cup and we’re improving in the build-up to that tournament.”

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