Wednesday February 29 2012
Matri blames Italy tempo

Alessandro Matri concedes “the tempo was not as good as in other games” as Italy lost 1-0 to the USA.

“We lacked a goal, but also the tempo was not as good as in other games. I felt that was more the problem, although we also conceded with the only USA shot on target,” said the Juventus striker.

“Aside from this evening, when we did actually create chances, the side has never struggled to score. We have the players to both provide and score.

“We are certainly disappointed at the defeat, but we know how strong this squad is and had some great performances to reach Euro 2012, so we all have confidence.”

Matri was given a rare chance to shine alongside Sebastian Giovinco, as Cesare Prandelli fielded an experimental side.

“Obviously I didn’t score and it was a great opportunity for me to show myself, but I cannot only judge my performance on goals – although it would’ve been better to hit the net.

“I’ll keep working and see what I can do to earn my ticket to Euro 2012.”

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