Italy re­calls Euro 2016 loss be­fore friendly against Ger­many

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

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.”

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