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Three days after losing 3-0 in Spain, the atmosphere at Sassuolo’s stadium in Italy’s game against Israel was not exactly… ideal for coach Giampiero Ventura and his players.
With the game still at 0-0 at halftime, the Azzurri headed towards the dressing room jeered by part of the crowd, and the situation wasn’t very different even after the final whistle, despite the fact that Italy won the game 1-0.
I don’t agree with the jeers, nor the criticism. It’s never easy at international level, just look at France drawing with Luxembourg or Sweden beaten by Belarus
Marco Verratti told Rai Sport, defending his team, after a hardly efficient performance.
Italy fans are always pessimistic, but we know that things change quickly here and all it takes is one good performance to be considered a phenomenon, one bad game to be called unworthy of the shirt
the Paris Saint-Germain midfielder also said. Gianluigi Buffon felt pretty much the same, used, by now, to facing all sorts of criticism by Italy’s demanding fans.
Yes, there were jeers at times when we couldn’t find a way through, but that is part of our philosophy. Nobody cares about possession in Italy. In Spain if they make 200 passes in 20 metres, everyone applauds, here they jeer
Italy’s captain told Rai Sport.