Conte: “We were punished against Belgium, but we’re on the right track”

Conte also had clear ideas regarding the formation that will be adopted: “We’ve started on a determined path and we’re trying to continue in order to find the best possible way to strengthen; we want to play attacking football ultimately, we’re not up for a defensive style. I believe this is the right way to achieve results and involve our fans even more. If we are able to switch formations during a match, it’ll be more than welcome. But, honestly, it’s already difficult for a club to switch formations, you can only imagine how more difficult it could be for a national team.” Giorgio Chiellini also went back to the tragic facts in Paris during the press conference: “We found out,” he explained, “in the locker room just after the game and we got more and more shocked hearing that the victims’ number was progressively increasing. We were struck by the fact the German national team had to stay overnight in the stadium’s locker room. I hope that what happened will be a warning for the future, for the tournament scheduled for June. I hope that all the fans will be able to enjoy the competition in France.” The Juventus centre-back could celebrate his 82nd cap tomorrow and reach the record of Azzurri legend Franco Baresi: “These are important achievements, but you don’t pay a lot of attention to that when you’re an active player. I will realize the importance of those figures in a few years, now they’re just pleasant fulfillments accomplished during my career.” The squad
Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Daniele Padelli (Torino), Mattia Perin (Genoa), Salvatore Sirigu (Paris Saint-Germain);
Defenders: Francesco Acerbi (Sassuolo), Luca Antonelli (Milan), Davide Astori (Fiorentina), Andrea Barzagli (Juventus), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Matteo Darmian (Manchester United), Mattia De Sciglio (Milan), Lorenzo De Silvestri (Sampdoria);
Midfielders: Giacomo Bonaventura (Milan), Antonio Candreva (Lazio), Alessio Cerci (Milan), Stephan El Shaarawy (AS Monaco), Alessandro Florenzi (Roma), Emanuele Giaccherini (Bologna), Claudio Marchisio (Juventus), Riccardo Montolivo (Milan), Marco Parolo (Lazio), Roberto Soriano (Sampdoria);
Forwards: Manolo Gabbiadini (Napoli), Eder Citadin Martins (Sampdoria), Stefano Okaka (Anderlecht), Graziano Pellé (Southampton), Simone Zaza (Juventus).
Head Coach: Antonio Conte; Team Manager: Gabriele Oriali; Secretary: Mauro Vladovich; Assitant Managers: Angelo Alessio, Massimo Carrera, Gianluca Spinelli, Gianluca Conte and Mauro Sandreani; Fitness Coaches: Costantino Coratti and Paolo Bertelli; Doctors: Enrico Castellacci and Luca Gatteschi; Physios: Aldo Esposito, Alessandro Donato, Takahiro Yamamoto, Emanuele Randelli and Pasquale Raia.   ]]>