Friday September 2 2011
Criscito: 'Faroes pressured Pirlo'

Domenico Criscito argues the Faroe Islands found Italy's weak point by “putting pressure on Andrea Pirlo.”

Antonio Cassano's early goal secured a 1-0 victory in the Euro 2012 qualifier, but the Azzurri were twice rescued by the woodwork.

“Even if we created many chances in the opening 20 minutes, the Faroes clammed up and put a lot of pressure on Pirlo, so they tried to stop us playing. In any case, we are satisfied with the result,” said the Zenit defender.

“When Giampaolo Pazzini came on we should've pushed more down the flanks, as he's so strong in the air, but we were a little tired.

“We proved tonight that we are improving and can play great football, trying to limit our errors the more we go on.

“The Faroe Islands were very defensive and physical, so we knew that we had to counter that.”

Criscito almost scored with a fierce snapshot and admitted he has put his tactical versatility to one side.

“I do try to shoot when there's space, hoping to score my first Italy goal. I like being a left-back as I can push forward and have a go at goal, so I have more fun here than at centre-back.”

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