The Squadra Azzurra beat Albania 1-0 away from home in their last game in the group stage of the World Cup qualifiers, but they knew beforehand that it’s not over yet. Italy are one of the eight second-placed teams that will battle it out in the playoffs next month.
Winning this game was the objective we had set. I think we made another small step forward, but we continue to control the game badly and give the ball away too often
Gian Piero Ventura told Rai Sport after his team’s 1-0 victory on Albanian soil.
I think the only chances they had were gifted by us giving the ball away in banal fashion. I am happy for the lads, as they work really hard and I confirm what I said, that we need the time to do something important with this squad
the Italy coach said. As for the playoffs next month, he didn’t hide his worries, regarding the possible absence of key players.
We have a few limitations at the moment, and some injury emergencies, but we wanted to try things out. Slowly today, a few looked around and realised certain things could be done. I hope to get some players back for the playoffs, as otherwise there might be a problem
Ventura admitted. One thing is for sure, he will be following very closely the news regarding certain players’ fitness levels these coming weeks.