22 October 2021
The Azzurre are in Croatia with the aim of topping the group. Bertolini: "I expect more solidity"Tomorrow in Karlovac at 17:30 CEST, Italy take on Croatia in the second match of the World Cup qualifiers
Monday, September 20, 2021
After getting off to a winning start against Moldova, yesterday the Azzurre arrived in Karlovac, Croatia, where they will face the host nation tomorrow at 17:30 CEST in the second match of the qualifiers for the 2023 World Cup.
Compared to the match in Trieste, Milena Bertolini expects more precision in front of goal from her players. The objective, in fact, is to take control of first place in Group G as quickly as possible. Switzerland, fresh from their 4-1 win over Lithuania, currently occupy that position. To get into first place, in addition to winning the game, it will also be important to focus on goal difference. “Against Moldova, the team’s attitude was excellent, but tomorrow we will have to try not to be as nice. Croatia are a physical team, aggressive and with good individuals, the girls will have to approach the match in the right way, playing with more solidity and without panicking”, Coach Bertolini affirmed.
There are many expectations on the Italian national team, as they come to terms with this new World Cup campaign and new opponents on their level. “We don’t feel the pressure of having to win at all costs - she added - I see it as a positive aspect because it means that we are growing and that everyone always expects the best from us. To enter the world elite of women's football we will have to be good at managing these situations”.