Gian Piero Ventura feels his team’s failure to finish the game off against FYROM, having to settle for a draw in the end, was down to lack of fitness, but Gianluigi Buffon has a different opinion.
The defeat to Spain damaged our confidence, as we probably thought we were at a superior level to what we really were
the Italy captain told reporters after their 1-1 draw on Friday night, going back to the game against Spain a month ago, when the ‘Squadra Azzurra’ lost 3-0, getting totally outplayed by a superior team.
We are still carrying the after-effects of that match. If we had won 1-0 tonight, I don’t think it would’ve changed anything in terms of performance as a team, as individuals, in the fluidity of our play
the Juventus goalkeeper said. As for what can be done now;
The draw only exacerbated the need to emerge from this difficult moment. Some of us, including myself, must take the responsibility and help the others to be part of a group that has enthusiasm, ideas and wants to go to the World Cup
Buffon said. Italy are sitting second in the table of their group, but mathematically they are still unsure of a spot in the playoffs, as they are yet to secure their presence in the eight best second-placed teams of all nine groups. They are visiting Albania on Monday, in their final match of the group stage.