Monday September 5 2011
Kek promises to attack Italy

Slovenia Coach Matjaz Kek has promised to attack Italy on Tuesday night, as he brings a team to Florence desperately in need of points.

Speaking to the Press ahead of Tuesday's clash that could see Italy qualify for Poland-Ukraine, the 49-year-old was respectful of his opponents, but promised that Slovenia will attack in a bid to secure a much-needed three points.

"We are aware of the strength of the Azzurri. Italy are one of the strongest teams in the world, but we are very motivated and will try to win."

Where Italy surprisingly struggled to break down the Faroe Islands on Friday night, Slovenia fell to a shock 2-1 home defeat to Estonia.

It was the team's third home defeat in Group C qualifying, after 1-0 reverses in front of their own fans to both Italy and Northern Ireland.

"Losing at home is a problem, so I'm happy to play away, even if Florence is perhaps mission impossible. We have a young team, and the defeats to Northern Ireland and Estonia were heavy.

"We played badly [on Friday], but this is football and you cannot go on an infinite run of results. Tomorrow we try to recover for what is the most important match of the entire group."

Italy can directly qualify for next summer's finals with a win, whilst Slovenia find themselves currently in second place in the group, but having played a game more than third placed Serbia.

The two face off in the final game of the group stages in Maribor, but for Slovenia to realistically have a chance of making the play-offs, they need a result against Italy.

This is because Serbia are likely to otherwise move ahead on points on Tuesday, as they face Faroe Islands at home.

Where Kek acknowledged the work Cesare Prandelli has done in turning around fortunes for Italy, he also promised it will be an interesting game at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.

"Our goal is three points, so we will have to attack and score."