Italy coach Marcello Lippi insists there's no reason to panic after their scratchy 2-0 win against Georgia in their World Cup qualifier.
“This is our history,” shrugged the Coach. “In qualification we have never been particularly impressive. There are good games and some less good.
“We 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.”
Gianluigi Buffon suggested that Italy were struggling for self-confidence after the thrashing received at the Confederations Cup over the summer.
“He could be right, as we don’t have much belief in what we know how to do,” confessed Lippi.
“It was not an issue of fear in Georgia, but quite simply we lacked the necessary confidence in pushing forward and accompanying the attacking moves.
“We 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.
“Last night, in my view, we did ok in the first half and just weren’t good at speeding up the passing. In the second half we did better in that respect.”