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Fighting on Play-Off, Chiellini: Italy Must Ignore Criticism

Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini has asked Italy to ignore their criticism ahead of the 2018 World Cup qualifier against Macedonia. Gianpiero Ventura’s foster children host Macedonia at Stadio Olimpico on Saturday (7/10/2017).

“It will be a challenging game, Macedonia has a lot of quality players so it’s not easy,” said Chiellini, quoted by Football Italia.

“We have to stay focused throughout the game,” he said.

Italy has come under fire for a series of disappointing performances. With the result they found against Spain, Gli Azzurri needed a play-off to secure their ticket to the 2018 World Cup.

“Indeed, we have to isolate ourselves from critics, we will play the play-off with confidence and respect for our opponents,” said the 33-year-old.

“Certain comments do not affect us Criticism We lost to Spain, one of the best teams in modern football.”

Italy are now 2nd in Group C standings with 19 points from eight games. They are three points adrift of Spain who now topped the standings with Raihan 22 points.