Leonardo Bonucci urges his Italy teammates to remember the Final against England ahead of their crucial World Cup qualifying match against Switzerland.
The Azzurri veteran spoke at a press conference ahead of tomorrow’s match at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.
It kicks off at 19.45 UK time.
Italy and Switzerland are the Group C leaders, but the Azzurri have a better goal difference with two games remaining.
All the pressure will be on the Nazionale, especially after failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.
“The experience of 2017 remains within us, like all the positive of negative experiences,” Bonucci said at a press conference.
“We were not anxious before the Final against England and we must live those emotions again.
“We need to think about tomorrow’s game and then we’ll focus on Monday’s,” Bonucci continued.
“We must put in a great performance and then think about Monday to finish the job. There are positive feelings, it’s always been like this since Mancini is in charge.”
Italy will visit Northern Ireland on Monday, November 15, in the last World Cup qualifying match.
“I was a bit tired, but I told Allegri I was able to play,” said Bonucci.
“The coach made his decision and it was a good one, given Daniele Rugani’s performance. These are frivolous polemics. They lack respect for the human being. We are always here and we always want to win, both with the club and with the national team.”
“The lads are calm and focused, they know we must be at our best to win tomorrow,” Mancini said.
“Switzerland play great football, every game against Switzerland has been challenging, we need to play our way, they’ll do their best, like us.