Controversy always brings Italy good luck, claims Marchisio

The offices of 18 Italian clubs were raided on Tuesday but the Juventus midfielder feels the furore could well inspire the Azzurri to victory over Spain on Thursday
Claudio Marchisio is unperturbed by the latest scandal to rock Serie A, arguing that domestic controversy often brings the best out of Italy on the international stage.

On Tuesday it emerged that officials from the Guardia di Finanza had raided the offices of 18 top-flight clubs in connection with an investigation into criminal conspiracy, international tax evasion, money laundering and invoice falsification in football.

Marchisio, currently preparing for Italy's daunting Confederations Cup clash with Spain on Thursday, shrugged off the news, pointing out that the furore could spur the Azzurri onto victory.

"We are used to certain situations," he Juventus midfielder told reporters on the eve of the game against la Roja.

"Indeed, these shocks usually bring us good luck: when something happens on the eve of a tournament, then the path of Italy is almost always positive."

Italy's World Cup success in 2006 came in the midst of the Calciopoli scandal, while the Nazionale's run to the final of Euro 2012 was preceded by a match-fixing scandal that resulted in dawn raids at Coverciano.