Monday, 17 November 2008

[Azzurri] Lippi prepares for Greek test

Marcello Lippi sees Italy's friendly with Greece as an "important test", as he looks to equal the world record of 31 games unbeaten.

Marcello LippiThe Azzurri's victory over Montenegro last month extended the run to 30 games without defeat under Lippi, equalling the Italian record of the double World Cup-winning coach Vittorio Pozzo.

And now Lippi could break that record and match the world record, held by ex-Argentina tactician Alfio Basile and former Spain Coach Javier Clemente.

"During this unbeaten period we have secured some very important wins and built a new group," Lippi said during a press conference in Coverciano.

"Today and tomorrow we will work as a team and the game on Wednesday could be another important step in our development.

"Gaetano D'Agostino is a new face. I like him and he is doing well.

"As for the exclusion of Alessandro Del Piero, I have talked to him about it and made things clear.

"Alex is still Juventus' talisman and is one of those players who has extraordinary psychological and technical ability."

Source: C4 Football Italia

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