Antonio Conte demands a ‘positive display’ and a ‘satisfactory result’ from Italy in tonight’s Euro 2016 qualifier with Croatia.
Although there are concerns about torrential rain and flash floods in Milan, recent reports suggest the game will go ahead as expected.
Speaking to reporters in the Press Conference Conte said, “The team is prepared, I hope we will put in a great performance regardless of who steps on to the field, Our priority is the team and not the individual. We have many players out of action, but should not worry about that.”
“We are working on a concept of football and the hunger of the lads reassures me. Tomorrow we must go out there with desire and pride.”
“We must not be afraid of anyone, but respect all our opponents. Croatia have some very talented players who can take men on and we must do well to remain compact both with and without the ball, trying to develop what we practiced in training.”
“I will simply say that we studied Croatia, so know their strengths and weaknesses. Tomorrow we must bring our own qualities to the game.”
This clash brings together two of the top sides in this group who are eager to rebuild their reputations after a dismal World Cup in Brazil this summer.
“I expect a response in terms of performance too. We don’t have to win in order to achieve that. In any case, I hope to see a victory tomorrow.”
“We are playing at San Siro against Croatia, both of us top of the group. All this makes it clear how important the match will be. We are glad there are so many fans coming to the stadium, as that means this team gives positive emotions to the supporters. Croatia are a quality side and I am curious to see how we do against them.”
Mario Balotelli and Angelo Ogbonna are the latest players to miss out through injuries. Conte was careful while setting the expectations regarding the Azzurri ahead of this crucial clash.
“We must move very carefully, because we are coming off a painfully disappointing World Cup. We must never forget that, as it needs to give us the strength to push forward. First of all let’s try to qualify, take it one step at a time. We need to remain concentrated, united and prove ourselves game after game.”
Probable Starting Line-up (3-5-2): Gianluigi Buffon(GK); Giorgio Chiellini, Matteo Darmian, Andrea Ranocchia; Mattia De Sciglio, Daniele De Rossi, Antonio Candreva, Claudio Marchisio, Manuel Pasqual; Simone Zaza, Ciro Immobile