Tuesday May 27 2014
Darmian: Azzurri unity key strength

Matteo Darmian says the unity within the Italian camp will be their main strength heading into their World Cup campaign.

The Torino defender is one of the 30 Azzurri players taking part in Cesare Prandelli’s pre-tournament training camp in Coverciano.

However, speaking at a Press conference today, the 24-year-old admitted he had thought very little about his chances of making it to Brazil prior to the start of the season.

He also acknowledged the strength of the competition for places in Italy’s defensive ranks as he fights to be included in Prandelli’s final 23-man selection, to be named after the team’s friendly with Republic of Ireland.

“At the start I thought very little about getting into the squad,” Darmian told the media. “All I had in mind was to improve every day. I am very happy to be here.

“We’re all in a good physical condition and the same goes for me. I don’t make general assessment of the group, I’ll leave that to the journalists!

“Both Prandelli and Ventura do a lot of work on the finer details. I think it’s exciting for a player to have the chance to prove himself at this training camp. I hope to be in the 23, I am at the boss’ disposal.

“The unity within the camp is great. It’s good to pass the time together with these boys. I think that is the strength of the Italian national team.

“I think that the results of the national team are showing clearly that the defence is doing well. The Juventus block is an important part of it as they help form the best defence in Serie A.”