The Socceroos have made it official with their World Cup qualifying campaign set to kick off in earnest on Saturday, and as such, the tournament is now the focus of much attention.
While Italy, in its place, have already secured a spot in Brazil next year, the Azzurri’s only real competition is Germany, who are currently ranked in fifth place in the world after qualifying for the World Championship with a record of six wins, one draw and four losses.
In a bid to keep their momentum going in Brazil, the Italian team have set their sights on the World Club Cup in the U.S. and Germany.
“I think we will be fighting for the world title in the US, but I also think we are fighting for an important trophy in Germany,” Mario Balotelli, the Italy captain, told reporters on Wednesday.
We have already qualified for Brazil, and we want it for ourselves.””
And it’s very important to make a run.
We have already qualified for Brazil, and we want it for ourselves.”
Balotelli added that Italy are also targeting the Confederations Cup in Russia in 2017, and also hope to make the World Championships in 2018.
“The Confederations are a big tournament, and it’s a big prize for the Italians,” he added.
“We hope to win that tournament, but we will also be fighting in Germany.”