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Italy coach Giampiero Ventura defends formation

Italy coach Giampiero Ventura has defended his formation.

Ventura snubbed Roma ace Stephan El Shaarawy for tonight's game with France.

“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."

Carlos Volcano
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