Veteran Gennaro Gattuso says ahead of tonight's Italy-Belgium game that 'Antonio Conte is among the best Coaches in the world'.
It kicks off at 20:00 UK time. The 2006 World Champion is celebrating his first promotion, as he successfully coached Pisa in their campaign to reach Serie B.
“Italy have proven time and again that they bring out their best in the most difficult moments,” Gattuso told L'Equipe. “There are talented players in the squad like [Lorenzo] Insigne and [Daniele] De Rossi. Conte is a great Coach, one of the best in the world.
"They used to say the same things to us in 2006, that we were an old national team, that we had generational trouble. We love hearing this kind of polemic.
“Thiago Motta is a great player. We lack a poacher, but that way of playing is obsolete. You can see that there are many teams who play with a false nine.”
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