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Antonio Conte, Italy coach

Traditionally it's always difficult for us in Bulgaria but I'm pleased with the performance of the team. It's a pity because we earned only one point despite our great effort. We always attacked and created several opportunities to score, so I can be happy with my players. We gave them two opportunities to counterattack and they punished us, but we played well for the rest of the game.

I'm not angry with the current second place in the group, simply because I think that Croatia are superior to us in this moment. Still I think that we will compete with them and Norway for the qualification.

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28/03/201523:46Paolo Menicucci

Verratti's chance to shine for Italy

The Azzurri's midfield options are ever dwindling after Claudio Marchisio joined Andrea Pirlo and Daniele De Rossi on the sidelines ahead of their Group H match away to a Bulgaria side preparing for their first outing under Ivaylo Petev.

Time, perhaps, for Marco Verratti. "Marco is proving to be an important player for PSG and though he has plenty of room for improvement, he could really take a handle on our midfield line," said Italy coach Antonio Conte.

28/03/ Italian newsdesk

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