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Motta is glad to have led Italy to a victory over Slovenia…

Italy international midfielder Thiago Motta has expressed his delight at having scored the winner for the Azzurri in their 1-0 victory over Slovenia in a Group C Euro 2012 qualifier between the two sides on Friday evening.

It was the Brazil-born Inter star’s only second international appearance for Italy and he is understandably pleased with his contribution in Ljubljana.

“I couldn’t have asked for more than scoring on my second cap,” said the 28-year-old to reporters after the match. “I must above all thank the lads and coach for giving me confidence and a warm welcome.”

Reflecting on the performance of his team, Motta said: “We played good football, which is what the coach asked for, taking control in midfield and playing Antonio Cassano between the lines where he can put in through balls.

“Cesare Prandelli asked all the midfielders to move around and not stay static, as that makes it more difficult for Slovenia to defend against. We did that better in the second half and found the space we needed.

“I think we have to carry on along our own path, as we have a very strong squad that can certainly do better, but so far is also doing pretty well,” he added.

Italy are now six points clear at the top of Group C.

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