Italy captain Gianluigi Buffon urged people to “turn over a new leaf” and stop comparing Giampiero Ventura to Antonio Conte.
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“We know that to qualify we need a big effort and great performances, because it’s going to be complicated,” the goalkeeper told Rai Sport.
“I think the time is right now to turn over a new leaf. To qualify for the World Cup, what we did in July is irrelevant. We have to add something more than we showed in the friendly with France.”
Leonardo Bonucci returns to the fold after taking time out to nurse his infant son.
“He is a guarantee who brings confidence and enthusiasm. I don’t want to get into private matters, but the fact he has joined us for this game means things are going better.”