Italy coach Marcello Lippi insists there's no reason to panic after their scratchy 2-0 win against Georgia in their World Cup qualifier.
â€śThis is our history,â€ť shrugged the Coach. â€śIn qualification we have never been particularly impressive. There are good games and some less good.
â€śWe have always been a national team built for tournaments. Now we are focusing on getting to there, but wait until the World Cup, as in those 30-40 days it will all be different.â€ť
Gianluigi Buffon suggested that Italy were struggling for self-confidence after the thrashing received at the Confederations Cup over the summer.
â€śHe could be right, as we donâ€™t have much belief in what we know how to do,â€ť confessed Lippi.
â€śIt was not an issue of fear in Georgia, but quite simply we lacked the necessary confidence in pushing forward and accompanying the attacking moves.
â€śWe struggled a little in constructing the play and taking the initiative. In the last friendly we played in Switzerland, that was not the case, as we immediately took control.
â€śLast night, in my view, we did ok in the first half and just werenâ€™t good at speeding up the passing. In the second half we did better in that respect.â€ť