Italy recalls Euro 2016 loss before friendly against Germany
Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura said that while it’s evident his players will be out for revenge in today’s friendly against Germany, he’s more concerned about what they can learn from playing the world champions.
Germany defeated Italy on penalties in the quarterfinal of the European Championship in July after the match had finished 1-1. It was coach Antonio Conte’s final match in charge before taking over at Chelsea.
“They haven’t spoken about revenge, but they have it inside them, it’s clear enough,” Ventura said yesterday. “Even those who didn’t play at the Euros. But this is certainly not a match where you need extra motivation.
“Even if it is a friendly, in reality, it is a match of top billing. Italy versus Germany is always Italy versus Germany. It gives its own motivation.”
Italy beat Liechtenstein 4-0 on Saturday in World Cup qualifying and remains second in Group G, behind Spain on goal difference.
Ventura is not expected to make many changes for today, although there are doubts over the fitness of Inter pair Antonio Candreva and Eder, both of whom have slight injuries. “On one side, we want to keep the same structure. On the other, there are the youngsters. Then, we have to win against Germany,” Ventura said. “It’s a really standout friendly - important and weighty, but it’s still a friendly.
“Our future is not just tomorrow, but just behind it. Italy versus Germany has to be the window into the future that we want. As we’re growing and planning, it’s important what the match tells us. We’re playing against the most organised national team of them all. We have to test ourselves in that aspect.”