Saturday June 7 2014
Pirlo: Italy will attack

Andrea Pirlo is confident that Italy can do well at this summer’s World Cup, and has insisted that the Azzurri will play an attacking style.

The squad have arrived in Brazil ahead of their first match of the tournament next weekend against England in Manaus.

But despite draws in friendlies against Republic of Ireland and Luxembourg, the midfielder has claimed that his team can make their mark on the tournament.

“We play attacking football. We try to control games and enjoy ourselves, and we have often succeeded in this,” he told John Foot in the Financial Times.

“It will be the same at the World Cup. I think we will play well – we have everything in place in order to have a successful tournament.

“Every child’s dream is to take part in a World Cup in Brazil – I’m lucky to have this opportunity.”

The veteran then commented on his footballing philosophy and why assists are harder than goals.

“For me it has always been the same. Nothing has changed. I stay at home, I play, I train, I go home. That’s it.

“I look for space so I can get the ball and then start to conduct the play.

“An assist is more difficult than a goal; you need to find the right space and measure the force used in order to provide your teammate with the right position in order to score.

“[My favourite?] I don’t know - maybe the one to Grosso in 2006. I don’t remember any particular pass I have made.”

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