Why Italy will not be the ‘world’s best’ in 2018
With the national team set to start training again, and the World Cup in full swing, the focus of Italian football will once again turn to how it can continue to make the best of its strengths and develop its star players.
The Serie A champions, however, are also expected to play a crucial role in the competition in 2018 and beyond, and a team-wide focus on the development of the national side is already under way.
In a wide-ranging interview with Sport, the Italian Football Federation’s chief executive, Paolo Di Canio, revealed that the club’s preparations for the 2018-19 season are already in full flow, with plans already in place for the opening match against Juventus on September 3.
This match will be the first time that Juventus will be without key members of their squad, Di Canios said.
The Bianconeri, who are expected to field an improved side, will be boosted by the signing of midfielder Simone Moratti from Lecce.
In the meantime, Giuseppe Marotta is also set to be released by AC Milan and Alessandro Nesta is set to leave Fiorentina.
Despite this, Di Giacomo said that the Bianconeria will remain committed to playing in all competitions, even when it means playing a few extra games in the middle of the season.
It will be a very difficult year for Italian football in 2018.
We have a World Cup and we will face the biggest challenges in our country, he said.
But the main objective of the FFP will be to give us the best chance to qualify for Europe, and Di Canius is confident that his club will continue to be competitive.
“The club is not only playing for the future, but also for the present,” he said, adding that there is a strong possibility of finishing in the top half of the table.
“There are still three games left, so we need to do everything to win all of them.”