Italy coach Ven­tura wants Serie A to start ear­lier next year

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Italy coach Gian Piero Ven­tura has asked league of­fi­cials to start the Serie A sea­son ear­lier next year to en­sure the Az­zurri are bet­ter pre­pared for their key World Cup qual­i­fier against Spain.

Spain tops Group G, above Italy on goal dif­fer­ence after four games. The two drew 1-1 in Oc­to­ber in Turin and the re­turn match is sched­uled for Septem­ber 2. Only group win­ners qual­ify di­rectly for the 2018 World Cup in Rus­sia.

This year’s Serie A cam­paign be­gan on Au­gust 20.

“We’re a bit set in our ways, but ev­ery­one else starts Au­gust 13,” Ven­tura said. “It’s in the national in­ter­est to play on level terms. I’ve al­ready asked to play at least two more league matches. In a mo­ment of mad­ness I asked for three, but they told me to check my­self into hos­pi­tal.”

Italy lost an in­ter­na­tional friendly 3-1 to France in Ven­tura’s first match in charge in Septem­ber, just two matches into the league sea­son.

“This year we had very lit­tle Serie A be­fore play­ing France and we paid the price,” Ven­tura added. “I hadn’t even talked to any play­ers un­til 48 hours be­fore the match ...We lost 3-1 and it was la­belled a dis­as­ter be­cause that’s the cul­ture that we have here.”

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