Italy picked up three points by defeating Liechtenstein 4-0 on Saturday night in a Group G match of 2018 World Cup Qualifying competition.
Leonardo Bonucci, member of Italy’s defensive core, spoke to Rai Sport about the match and his teammates.
“It was a game of two faces. Congratulations to the team for having approached the game the right way and trying to do the things tried in practice. In the second half we were too hasty and not very bright, but it’s a good start for this group, which has the potential to do well.”
Rai asked Bonucci if the team was thinking about the upcoming friendly against Germany during the second half.
“No, we were not already thinking about them in the second half, also because goal differential [compared to Spain’s] is important. We were a little cynical. This should be a lesson.”
Bonucci answered a question about fellow defender, Alessio Romagnoli and also joked about Giorgio Chiellini and Andrea Barzagli.
“He has important qualities, but one above all: personality. He can become a great footballer; he’s definitely a benchmark for the future. But I do feel a bit of melancholy when Barzagli and Chiellini are missing.”
Bonucci concluded by saying:
“We are the ones who will decide our future, it’s all in our hands.”
Italy and Spain are tied at 10 points at the top of Group G, but Spain holds an advantage on goal differential.