Sunday June 1 2014
Marchisio can see the positives

Claudio Marchisio believes that Saturday’s friendly with Republic of Ireland was a positive, apart from the injury to Riccardo Montolivo.

The Milan midfielder is out of the World Cup after he fractured his tibia early in the game at Craven Cottage yesterday.

But despite this, the Juventus man has claimed that the 0-0 draw with Martin O’Neill’s men was good preparation for the World Cup.

“It’s really bad that this [Montolivo’s injury] has happened in this match,” he told Rai Sport.

“We want to be around him because he’s very important to us. Hopefully we’ll see him at the hotel soon.

“But honestly, in my opinion, I think that this game was good for us. It was a competitive game with some difficulties.

“There are things to improve, but I think, overall, it was a positive performance.”

Marchisio then commented on Antonio Cassano’s performance and his own fitness going into the tournament.

“Cassano has done well at Parma and is doing well here. He’s physically fine and wants to be important at the World Cup.

“I feel good as well. It’s been tough work at Coverciano, but that’s what we have to do.”

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