Italy coach Giampiero Ventura has defended his formation.
“Formation? Buffon will play, I still have to evaluate the others," the Coach said at a Press conference a day before the friendly in Bari.
“Verratti needs to be looked after. The objective is to have him back until full-time. We need him.
“I hope to continue what Conte's done and, if possible, build on it.
“It's a stimulating game for Italy and France, and we want to put on a great performance.
“Verratti has great potential but was held back by a physical problem. Still, he's of prime importance to the national team.
“I want the humility, determination, rage and involvement seen at the Euros.
“Being [back] in Bari doesn't give me anxiety, but satisfaction.
“Bari lives for football, and I hope that tomorrow the stadium fills up as much as possible.
“I'm calm because I'm used to replacing Conte [from Bari] and because I know I've done things in the best way.
“I hope that under Ventura you'll see a great team.
“Our most important young players are on the wings, I want to let them be part of our future."