Italian FA President Carlo Tavecchio hopes for Italian success in Europe as ‘we need to improve our ranking.’
Serie A is currently the fourth ranked league in Europe behind Spain, Germany and England and as such has only three Champions League qualifying spots.
“European competitions? We need to improve our ranking,” he said to Sky Sport Italia.
“If everyone gets through to the next round we can aspire to something more.
“I hope that Juve manage to overcome what stopped them last year. The Champions League is a fundamental cup. I also hope Roma qualify.
“The national team? There will be two games against two great teams. But friendlies aren’t real matches, they are matches to study.
“I hope Conte can select the best players, even among the younger talents.”
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