Sep 5, 2017 at 7.45pm UK
Italy
1-0
IsraelIsrael
Immobile (53')
Verratti (37'), Immobile (86')
FT(HT: 0-0)

Cohen (38')

Marco Verratti hits out at Italy supporters

Italy midfielder Marco Verratti criticises the supporters that 'jeered' the national team during Tuesday night's 1-0 win over Israel.

Italy midfielder Marco Verratti has criticised the supporters that 'jeered' the national team during Tuesday night's 1-0 victory over Israel.

Italy have won six of their eight Group G matches, but just one point from two fixtures with Spain has left the Azzurri in second position in the group, and facing a playoff in order to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

Giampiero Ventura's side faced boos from their own supporters during the clash with Israel, and Verratti has claimed that "Italy fans are always pessimistic".

"I don't agree with the jeers, nor the criticism. It's never easy at international level, just look at France drawing with Luxembourg or Sweden beaten by Belarus," Verratti told Rai Sport.

"Italy fans are always pessimistic, but we know that things change quickly here and all it takes is one good performance to be considered a phenomenon, one bad game to be called unworthy of the shirt.

"We have won all our games in qualifying apart from against Spain, we must admit that at this point in time they are superior to us. We dominated Israel in terms of possession, with shots on goal and should've won by a bigger margin, so we need to be more efficient."

Italy will continue their qualification campaign at home to Macedonia next month.

Share this article now:
Torino FC head coach Giampiero Ventura looks on during the TIM Cup match between Torino FC and AC Cesena at Stadio Olimpico di Torino on December 1, 2015
Read Next:
Ventura: 'I wanted to applaud Isco'
>

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
CManchester CityMan City34293298257390
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd34235665263974
3Liverpool352011480374371
4Tottenham HotspurSpurs34208666313568
5Chelsea34196959342563
6Arsenal341761166462057
7Burnley351411103532353
8Everton35129144054-1445
9Leicester CityLeicester341111124947244
10Newcastle UnitedNewcastle34118153543-841
11Bournemouth35911154158-1738
12Watford35108174260-1838
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton34812143247-1536
14Crystal Palace35811163654-1835
15West Ham UnitedWest Ham34811154263-2135
16Huddersfield TownHuddersfield3498172754-2735
17Swansea CitySwansea3489172751-2433
18Southampton34514153353-2029
19Stoke CityStoke35611183265-3329
20West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom35413182954-2525

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in with Facebook to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
LIVE SCORES VIDEPRINTER
expand