The Italians were defeated by the Pharaohs in a thrilling affair at the Confederations Cup.Italy suffered defeat against an African nation for the first time in their rich history, as they went down 1-0 to Egypt in their second match at this year’s Confederations Cup.
The result means that they now must pick up at least a point against an in-form Brazilian side, to give themselves any hope of progressing further in the competition.
The Azzurri’s World Cup winning coach, Marcello Lippi, wasn’t pleased with the performance of his players on the night, and he made this clear in a press conference that took place immediately following the match.
“We had a strong start and created some good opportunities early,” Lippi affirmed in the press conference.
“In the first 20 to 25 minutes we played quite well, and we caused some chaos in the Egyptian defence, but we were not aggressive enough and didn’t take the initiative.
“After Egypt scored, we stopped playing, and towards the end of the first half, we were pretty poor.”
Lippi’s men showed glimpses of their best football in the second half, however it still wasn’t enough to get them over the line.
He continued, “we picked things up in the second half, however their keeper was fantastic. We had some good chances though, and I think we deserved to score at least once.
“This is a tough group. Egypt played a fantastic second half against Brazil, and they had a great first half against us.”
As previously mentioned, the Italians are set to face the Brazilians in their final group stage match on Sunday.
Lippi concluded by saying, “we will approach the Brazil game as a team that needs to win. We will try and take the initiative, but we will have to be careful as we are playing Brazil.”
Adrian Del Monte, Goal.com