What Gianluigi Buffon did during Sweden's national anthem vs Italy

What Gianluigi Buffon did during Sweden's national anthem vs Italy

Ventura has come under significant pressure as a result and is likely to lose his job should Italy fail to overturn the 1-0 deficit, but Buffon believes their support could give them the advantage and called for them to forget their club allegiances when they head to San Siro on Monday.

As such, anything other than qualification is nearly certain to result in the sacking of current coach Giampiero Ventura with a number of names being linked to the Azzurri bench.

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Italy has reached every World Cup since 1962.

"It is certainly a moment of high tension, considering what is at stake and the sense of responsibility each of us must bear", said 2006 victor Buffon, who will earn his 175th cap in the San Siro.

Italian coach Ventura has come under heavy criticism for stubbornly sticking to a failing tactical system. Italy are meanwhile superstars having won the competition four times - 1934, 1938, 1982 and 2006 - and lost two finals in 1970 and 1994.

Italy last failed to qualify for WC in 1958. In Europe, that is not enough.

Ventura was not surprised by the situation Italy find themselves in with respect to finishing with a play-off spot, admitting that he accepted as soon as the draw for the group stage was made that Spain were going to finish top. So if he is fit enough to play two games in four days, Belotti has the ideal opportunity to dispel any doubts over his top-level ability. It would take nothing or add anything to what I have already done. "I can assure you that coaches listen to advice and analyse it, but it is us who decide".

Veteran captain Gianluigi Buffon admitted the team were under pressure as they carry the weight of Italian national pride. I'd love to play this game. Sweden are a solid side and their behavior will make little difference, it all depends on us.

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