Italy vs Switzerland: Will Italy miss another World Cup?
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Italy ended the previous fight for a place in the World Cup ingloriously, since they were eliminated by Sweden in the playoffs. The defeat on the side (0: 1) with the draw of peaceful nets influenced the planetary tournament to pass without Italy, who, taught by a bad experience from 2017, are waiting for the end of the current qualifications.
With the September draws against Bulgaria (1: 1) and Switzerland (0: 0), the Italian national team found itself in a situation to fear for the leading position in Group C and that a possible defeat in tomorrow's duel with Switzerland in Rome could leave them without a direct placement in Qatar After six rounds, Roberto Mancini's team have the same performance as the next rival (four wins and two draws), so the winner of the duel would make a significant step towards placing on the planetary tournament, while the loser would be left with hope in the form of a correction and playoffs.
The coach of Italy, on the eve of the match scheduled for Friday at 20:45, pointed out the desire for his team to reach Qatar by a shorter route, and in that fight, he will not be able to count on the experienced players of Lazio and Juventus.
"I feel sorry for the absence of Immobile and Chiellini, but the same thing is with all national teams. There could be more injuries at this stage." "Regardless of staffing problems, we welcome the game in a positive atmosphere.
We know who we are as a team and we must remain calm. ", said Mancini.
Options in the attack
The main candidate for the vacant position in the top spot will be Belotti, but in addition to the Torino striker, the coach has other options in mind.
"We have two training sessions left, but we will play well no matter what tactical decision we make. The guys have recovered in the last few days and Belotti is competing for the team." "He is not 100% ready, he may not be able to play for 90 minutes, but if he scored in the first 60-65 minutes, it would be a good outcome for us.
Also, Barella trained well and I think he will be on the field tomorrow. "
Italy beat Switzerland (3: 0) in June in the group stage of the European Championship, but then played a match with the same rival in the qualifiers without goals, and will welcome the match with a dose of pressure, especially because they did not qualify for the 2018 World Cup.
"The boys are calm and concentrated, they know we have to do our best to win tomorrow. Switzerland plays great football, every game against them was challenging." "We have to play in our own way, they will do their best, just like us.
We haven't changed much since the European Championship, we have room for improvement and we can become stronger for the World Cup," Mancini said.