Italy better placed as underdogs ahead of Euro 2016 - Motta

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The Azzurri have struggled since the 2014 World Cup, having exited the tournament in the group stages, but the midfielder insists low expectations will help his side

Italy midfielder Thiago Motta insists that the Azzurri will benefit from approaching Euro 2016 as underdogs.

Italy failed to get out of the group stages at the 2014 World Cup, and have since seen a gradual decline in expectations placed on the team.

But Motta, who plays his club football with one of Europe's most expectant sides in Paris Saint-Germain, believes the atmosphere will ultimately benefit Antonio Conte's men.

"It's better that way. Whatever we achieve will mean more, it will be fine," the 33-year-old told Gazzetta dello Sport.

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"PSG is the opposite, we have high expectations. So it's considered a bad season if you win four trophies out of five and then exit in the quarter-finals of the Champions League."

Motta also maintains that Italy have retained a strong spirit in spite of their poor World Cup campaign.

"Since the last World Cup it is normal that some people aren't optimistic, but this Italian side has the spirit of very strong group," he added. "We remain humble and we will take things in stride."