It’s being repeated in every single Italy-related report for days now, it may look a bit tiring, but it gives you an idea how ‘special’ (and not in a good way) the situation is for the ‘Squadra Azzurra‘. They haven’t missed the World Cup finals since 1958, for six decades, but they are just one match away from seeing their remarkable streak come to a disappointing end.
It’s a crucial game for us, for the whole country and for the whole history of our national team as well
team captain Gigi Buffon said in a news conference ahead of the return leg against Sweden. Italy lost 1-0 on Friday, and they will need to play their best game in months, possibly since the Euro 2016 quarterfinal against Germany, to overturn the situation.
In my career, I already faced moments like this one, sometimes it went good, sometimes it went bad. But it won’t change anything about my relationship with the Italian national team. There’s no room left for words and wishes
the Italian goalkeeper said. He did wish something though, sending a message to the fans who have tickets to attend the game at San Siro.
It’s time to get something on the pitch. I hope the supporters will help us, not having a too negative approach towards us from the beginning. I hope there won’t be Juventus, Inter or AC Milan supporters, but just and only Italy supporters. I’d like to see those who attend take off their club colours
legendary Buffon said, hoping his compatriots will be Italy’s 12th player.