Juventus and Italy captain Gigi Buffon spoke to TMW Radio after Italy’s 0-1 loss to Sweden in the first match of the qualification.
“We must avoid feeling unlucky. We know that we lost, but also that we have another 90 minutes to overturn this complicated situation.”
“The first rule of international football is not to feel sorry for yourself. There were a lot of rough challenges flying around, including some that were gratuitous and at the limits of acceptability. It was a very physical game, the referee officiated in an English style by letting a lot go and we hope that won’t be the way fouls are judged in the second leg.”
“We’ve got to have faith for Monday, otherwise we’ve already lost. This match was decided by incidents and there’s no point wasting energy right now on analysing the details.”
“At San Siro, we need a performance worthy of Italy. The only thing we must avoid is making proclamations or feeling that we are unlucky. We’ve got to keep our heads firmly on our shoulders and stand up straight. There are another 90 minutes and we want to make the most of them. I hope that we’re ferocious and have an enjoyable evening on Monday.”
“I expect those at San Siro to take off whatever club colours they usually hold and all come together with pride for the Azzurri.”
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