The captain of the Italian national team, Fabio Cannavaro, is eagerly awaiting the friendly match against Brazil this Tuesday, as the Italians hope to lead their coach Marcello Lippi to a record breaking 32 matches without defeat.
It will be a tough ask, as they will do battle with a nation that has won the World Cup on five occasions. However, having won four of their own, the Azzurri will certainly be confident heading into this enticing contest.
The Real Madrid defender has given his thoughts and feelings concerning the match itself in a recent interview, and the emotion he and his team-mates feel in the lead up to the encounter.
“Brazil and Italy can never ever be a normal game,” Cannavaro said to Sky Italia.
“We are all very anxious prior to this match, and it is right for us to feel that way, despite being only a friendly.
“Here are two nations that have won nine World Cups between them, and that have played in so many finals along the way.
“We are both the history of football and Lippi was right when he said that this will be the derby of the world,” he added.
“I feel very emotional to be a part of such a significant match, as do many of my team-mates.
“Kaka is set to miss for the Brazilians, which is disappointing. However, they have so much quality in their squad and they can cover any absentee.
“Think of someone like Robinho, with whom I won two Spanish titles with; believe me, he is a phenomenal talent,” he continued.
“It is an honour to participate in this game, and I cannot wait,” Cannavaro concluded.
The highly anticipated friendly gets underway at 20:45 CET on Tuesday at the Emirates stadium in London.
Adrian Del Monte