Oct 13, 2014 at 7.45pm UK
Malta
0-1
Italy

Briffa (41')
Mifsud (27')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Pelle (23')
Darmian (43')
Bonucci (73')

Antonio Conte slams Italy critics

Conte slams Italy critics
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Antonio Conte says that Italy should not be criticised after winning their first three matches in Euro 2016 qualifying.

Italy manager Antonio Conte has slammed critics of his team after their third win in Euro 2016 qualifying.

The Azzurri claimed a 1-0 victory over Malta on Tuesday evening, but they have been criticised for lacking a cutting edge in the final third.

"We have won four games out of four, have provided a footprint to our game, [Gianluigi] Buffon has not had to make any saves and the goal we have conceded was caused by ourselves," Conte told ANSA.

"We have rekindled the flame of hope in the fans of the national team. Why do we now want to ruin this small flame by only looking at the glass half empty and ignoring the full one?

"I am calm, I cannot keep up with the mood swings. I know that we have much work to do, but I certainly have to do a broader analysis as CT than just on the goals scored."

Italy return to action with a home tie against Croatia on November 16.

Italy's coach Antonio Conte follows the action during the UEFA Euro 2016 Group H qualifying football match Norway vs Italy on September 9, 2014
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