Tuesday, 14 October 2008

[Azzurri] Lippi demands victory

Italy coach Marcello Lippi is demanding nothing less than a home victory from the World Cup holders when they face Montenegro in Lecce on Wednesday night.

Giuseppe Rossi & Daniele De RossiThe Azzurri were held to a 0-0 draw by Bulgaria on Saturday and Lippi will only be satisfied with that result if his side bounce back with a third win from four qualifying games to maintain their grip at the top of Group 8.

"We really want to win this match. If we win then the draw in Sofia will become a good result but if we don't win then they will become two bad matches," Lippi said following training at the Stadio Via del Mare.

Former Parma striker Giuseppe Rossi, who came off the bench against Bulgaria and picked up a slight injury, also looks certain to figure against Montenegro after impressing for Italy in the summer's Olympic Games in Beijing and for Villarreal this season in Spain.

"I already played Rossi on Saturday but tomorrow, either from the beginning or during the second half, it's very likely that he will play a part," Lippi, who will be without the suspended Luca Toni tomorrow, added.

A whole host of players are already missing due to injury, with goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, Andrea Pirlo, Mauro Camoranesi, Fabio Grosso, Marco Materazzi and Vincenzo Iaquinta all out.

Toni came on as a substitute against Bulgaria and picked up a yellow card that ruled him out of the Montenegro game. Lippi called up Fabio Quagliarella as a replacement but Alberto Gilardino is again expected to lead the Azzurri attack.

Midfielder Daniele De Rossi has been training separately due to a badly bruised thigh, but he should be fine to play.

Source: Sky Sports

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