Sergio Busquets said Spain are “out for revenge” against Italy on Thursday after the elimination from Euro 2016.
The two sides meet again for a 2018 World Cup qualifier at the Juventus Stadium in Turin this week.
“At the Euros we made some mistakes and now it is time for revenge,” said Busquets in his Press conference.
“Qualification for the World Cup is at stake here. It is not a decisive match between the two teams, but it is important to fight for the top spot in the group and the fact these are the strongest sides in our section.”
Both teams have changed Coach over the summer, as Julen Lopetegui took over for Spain and Giampiero Ventura is now on the Azzurri bench.
“Italy will play the same way they did at the Euros, with three central midfielders and two wingers in front of the defence. Italy do four or five things very well and play off by heart, but we must try to contrast them, keep the ball and play our game.
“Both Lopetegui and Vicente Del Bosque have more or less the same system, but Julen makes the team work more tactically and really focuses on that aspect.
“The players are more or less the same as three months ago, but there is the idea of a new era with Coach, staff and tactical ideas.
“We are coming off two good performances in September that boosted expectations, so now we must recapture the winning mentality that allowed us to triumph at the World Cup and European Championships. We hope to have that on show in Turin on Thursday.”
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