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Boss of the Italian national team Roberto Mancini is unhappy with the release of his team in the playoffs.
However, Mancini is confident that the team he has assembled is capable of bypassing North Macedonia.
On Monday, he said: “We shouldn’t have been here.
“I have talented players who have built a victory out of nothing that no one believed in.
“It doesn’t guarantee you will make it to the World Cup, but it’s a solid foundation.”
But Giorgio Chiellini warned his Italian teammates not to underestimate North Macedonia.
He said: “We need humility because North Macedonia is not here by chance, there are players that we know and recognize from their club football.
Elsewhere, Gareth Bale revealed that Wales’ decisive World Cup play-off clash against Austria is one of the most important games of his career.
The Real Madrid ace said: “Of course it will be one of the biggest games I have played.
“Qualifying for the World Cup is what I want to achieve for the fans and the country. It’s definitely a big game, we all want to do well.”
Bale was in doubt in tonight’s match but he said he was eager to leave after experiencing a few ‘nitpicks’.
Bale announced: “Finding is okay.
“I have been training for the last two and a half months.
“I am in much better shape than at the last camp where I was away for about three months. I’m ready to play whatever is necessary tomorrow.”
And that’s bad news for Bale’s Real Madrid teammate and Austrian star David Alba, who fears Bale could single-handedly ruin his country’s chances.
Alba said: “Gareth can decide matches on his own and he’s not always easy to stop, but we want to focus on ourselves and our game.”
However, Bale was criticized by the Spanish media for being ready to face Austria but not ready for Real Madrid’s game against Barcelona over the weekend.
The Madrid star has been criticized in Spain as his return has been hailed as the “Miracle of Wales”.
Another newspaper had a headline: “It doesn’t hurt anymore.”
Finally, Portugal head coach Fernando Santos is sure that Portugal will win in the fight against Turkey.
Santos said: “What has always happened with the Portuguese national team is positive pressure.
“The two finals we participated in, we won. In the qualifiers, the decisive ones, we always gave a positive answer, except for the last one (against Serbia).
“These players have a lot of experience and they’re not influenced.”