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World Cup 2010: Italy Coach Marcello Lippi Blames Altitude Training For Mexico Defeat

Italy coach Marcello Lippi has played down the 2-1 defeat to Mexico by shifting the spotlight from a lacklustre performance to a hard training regime.

Carlos Vela and Alberto Medina ensured the Azzurri's pre-World Cup preparations got off to the worst possible start. Leonardo Bonucci cut the deficit, but it was not enough.

"We have been in the mountains training for 10 days and we have just come back to play a against a team in much better condition than we are and who have played seven times already, and you have to take that into account," Lippi told Rai Sport.

Lippi though remains defiant that his Azzurri stars will be ready for the World Cup, claiming the altitude training has shown its effects tonight as the players struggled.

"I know my players, I have spoken to them and they told me they were tired before the game. What's important is to be in good condition in 10 days when we are in South Africa, not now.

"If we had played seven games like they did then we would have been in better condition."

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