Claudio Marchisio confirms Italy’s players “don’t know who will start against England” and expects a “different” game to Euro 2012.
The Juventus midfielder spoke at a Press conference about Saturday night’s opening game with the Three Lions.
“There is a very positive air here, as we worked well at Coverciano and in Brazil. We were glad to be given permission to have our families by our sides, as we already did at Euro 2012.”
“I think we’ll meet a different England to Euro 2012. It will be a very difficult match, but just as they have changed since the Euros, so have we. For many of us it was our first major tournament, so we now have more experience and have done important things over the last two years.
“We already saw against Fluminense what this humidity means, so the fact we worked so well over the last month has prepared us for the conditions in Manaus.
“The meetings with England are always great clashes, so we’ll let the pitch do the talking.
“We don’t know who will play against England. We tested two different systems in the last two friendlies and have many players who allow us to be versatile. We’ll see what the Coach chooses, but the important thing is that everyone feels they are a part of this project.”
Marchisio didn’t have as much playing time as usual at Juventus this term, but is finding his form at the right time.
“During the season I had some pretty important injury problems, but after January was finally able to return to the levels I’d been hoping for. The World Cup is very important and perhaps the fact I didn’t play much at the start of the season is making me fresher right now.
“We arrived in Brazil, which certainly has a different humidity level to Italy, but the fitness tests results have been very, very good. That means the training work we did was important and effective.
“Now we have to go out there with the motivation and great heart this Nazionale has always shown to do well in this World Cup.”
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