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Marcello Lippi Speaks About Italy

Italy manager Marcello Lippi discussed various subjects regarding the future of the Italian national team.

Lippi's Italy could have gone on for 32 matches undefeated. However, the Italians lost their match against Brazil by 2 goals to nothing.

The Italian manager has been criticized for bringing almost the same old crop of players. The pressure is huge on Lippi as he leads his World Cup-winning team to another World Cup.

When asked about the match against Brazil, Lippi told reporters, "The friendly against Brazil had been arranged a long time ago; we need to meet important teams."

"They were very motivated in that match; they played against the world champions in a wonderful ambiance. Probably, they are stronger than us now, but they may no longer be in a year and a half from now," Lippi said.

When asked about the future of Italy and the new faces in the Italian teams, Lippi commented, "I have to be very careful not to forget about some players who, despite the fact they are slightly old, have so much experience and intelligence that it's hard to let go of them." 

"I did not come back to win another World Cup. Certainly we will try with every bit of strength we have, but my objective is to build a group with the same mental strength and compactness as the one I had before," Lippi told journalists.

Everyone wants to know about the future of Alessandro Del Piero in the Italian national team and Francesco Totti and Alessandro Nesta's "possible returns."

"He [Totti] said we have such a good relationship, that if I would ever ask him [to come back to the national team], he will be available. Both Totti and Nesta took their decisions, they are serious professionals. It wasn't easy for them, but they felt they could not physically keep playing for both club and country, so we have to respect that".

After snubbing Del Piero and Cassano lately, Lippi was asked about the future of the Juventus symbol and the Sampdoria star.

"I've known Del Piero for 14 years, and coached him for 12 years. If I continue calling the same players, how can I see the others? If he is still in a great condition a year and a half from now, it's a different matter..."

"[Antonio] Cassano? There are many players who are doing well like [Sergio] Floccari and [Marco] Di Vaio. I am following many players, but I cannot call them up all at once."

"Davide Santon is a young player I like. He seems predestined and reminds me of Paolo Maldini when he was young. But I'll leave [Claudio] Marchisio, [Sebastien] Giovinco and [Robert] Acquafresca for the Under 21 team since they are playing the European tournament."

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