Italy travel to Sweden for the first leg of their play-off on Friday in Stockholm with the return leg in Milan's San Siro on Monday. "I've found an extraordinarily willing and motivated group," said 69-year-old Ventura who took over in June 2016 when Antonio Conte moved to Chelsea.
Could Italy fail to qualify for the World Cup? Gian Piero Ventura isn't even considering the possibility pic.twitter.com/K94cobmg2F— Goal UK (@GoalUK) November 7, 2017
"I'm calm because I have players available and because Italy have always stepped up during these do or die situations. Just see the 65,000 tickets that have already been sold for the San Siro match," he added. Italy finished second in their qualifying group behind Spain, against whom they lost 3-0, also struggling past Israel (1-0), Macedonia (1-1) and Bulgaria (1-0).
Italy have a tricky World Cup play-off against Sweden to get through... But Azzurri boss Gian Piero Ventura is already looking past it. ? pic.twitter.com/2HFPP3WOQINovember 6, 2017