Sunday May 25 2014
Muslera: Italy match will be decisive

Fernando Muslera has spoken of his love for Rome, and why coming up against Italy in the World Cup will be tough.

The Uruguay international spent four years at Lazio between 2007 and 2011, and has conceded that he misses the Eternal City.

“As soon as I can I am going to Rome to get some ‘cacio e pepe’,” he told Gazzetta dello Sport.

“I really miss Rome. I left some true friends there. I spent four wonderful years in that city.”

The shot-stopper then commented on his country, who have been drawn against Costa Rica, England and the Azzurri in Group D of the World Cup.

“I don’t think Costa Rica can be trusted. I’ve said that for some time now. They have some great players who have played in Europe for years.

“They are accustomed to a certain type of football and could cause us some real problems.

“The match against Italy? That will be decisive. They have a super attack, but also a really good defence.

“Italy have a complete team that are strong in all departments. Pirlo is a champion and continues to amaze me. As does Buffon.

“He’s 36-years-old, and yet plays like he’s 25. And then there’s Balotelli. I think he could play in any team in the world.

“But we [Uruguay] also have some great players. Cavani and Suarez are amazing.”

Italy will be in London on Saturday May 31 to play the Republic of Ireland at Craven Cottage in their first warm-up game ahead of the World Cup.

Tickets are on sale now, priced from £25 adults and £10 juniors, and can be purchased here.

Alternatively, you can be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets to the game. Just visit Football Italia’s official Facebook page for details on how to enter our competition.