Former Italian defender Alessandro Nesta has told England fans to take little notice of Italy’s form ahead of the World Cup in Brazil which kicks-off next week.
For the ex-Lazio and AC Milan centre-half, a member of the 2006 World Cup-winning Azzurri squad, says history shows that Italy have the ability to play themselves back to form during major Finals.
Nesta, our Sony expert following Italy during the World Cup Finals, dismissed Italy’s poor run of results ahead of their World Cup opener with England in Manaus next Saturday.
“Last time Italy won in an international match was in September,” highlighted Nesta, capped 78-times by his country.
“Recently they drew 1-1 with Luxembourg, (but) is there a big concern to see results ahead of this World Cup?
“In a friendly match, Italy rarely have a good game in my opinion.
“But when they start in the World Cup or other tournaments, such as European Championship, the team changes and plays differently. I do not know why – because we are Italian?” he smiled.
If Alessandro believes Italy will come good in Brazil then he has more concerns about his former club side, Milan.
After an indifferent 2013/14 Serie A campaign, he is looking for an improvement, but admits that could be hard to achieve in difficult circumstances.
“Milan had a bad campaign during last season and in my opinion, Milan have a problem because financially they don’t have a lot of cash to spend in the transfer window.
“Previously, they can spend more than 100 million Euro. But now they can’t because they don’t have that much cash.
“They obviously need new signings. But I do not know who they will sign; it all depends on the money they have.”
Nesta says the Rossoneri may need to find an early season replacement for midfielder Riccardo Montolivo, who will miss the World Cup with a broken leg having been injured in the warm-up game with Ireland.
But Alessandro is happy with one of the early arrivals in Milan.
“Milan have just signed Alex from PSG and Alex is a great player. He will be a good signing for Milan. But they still need some new players to strengthen the defence, especially centre-back.”