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Italy coach Ventura: Macedonia draw not positive

Italy coach Giampiero Ventura admits there was frustration after their draw with Macedonia in last night's World Cup qualifier.

When Giorgio Chiellini's tap-in was cancelled out by Aleksandar Trajkovski, the Nazionale was jeered off the field in Ventura's old stadium.

“The result is not positive, it is not what we wanted, nor what we expected," confessed the CT in his Press conference.

“Today the only thing that matters is getting our energy back, recover a few players and go to achieve what this group deserves, which is a place in the play-offs."

The players all mentioned losing confidence after the 3-0 defeat to Spain last month, but this surprised Ventura.

“I think the praise was exaggerated before and the criticism is exaggerated now. I had moments that were positive and negative, like all Coaches.

“In the last six minutes, Leonardo Bonucci moved up to act as a centre-forward, because the team wanted a victory. In the second half we weren't as aggressive, but that doesn't mean we lacked confidence.

“Macedonia lost only one game in 2017, it was 2-1 to Spain and at the 95th minute they could've equalised. We're not talking about Spain or Germany, but they are still a tough side."

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