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Buffon: Spain defeat does not change Italy belief

Buffon: Spain defeat does not change Italy belief”

The likes of David De Gea, Dani Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta and Isco should all start.

In addition to its signature win over Italy, Lopetegui's Spain has also notched away wins in friendlies at France and Belgium and draws in friendlies at England and at home against Colombia.

Italy are a strong team defensively led by former Juventus center-back pairing Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini. During this time, the national team of Spain was distinguished only by the number of goals scored, despite the fact that Liechtenstein not only did not take any points from the confrontation, but even failed to sign at the gate of the Spaniards. "He played well with and without the ball, with great personality". "Every player plans his holidays and his life as he sees fit".

Italy, too, are unbeaten under their new manager Gian Piero Ventura, winning eight while drawing two of their ten games.

Why not a man who has 59 global goals from less than 100 caps, who has been top scorer at a European Championship and World Cup and who has winners' medals from both tournaments?

"Right now we are human and Spain are less human", said Ventura as he turned his attention to Tuesday's qualifier against Israel which will be followed by games against Macedonia and Albania in October.

Marco Asensio has taken the footballing world by storm over the last twelve months.

A Liechtenstein side that lost 8-0 on their visit to Spain a year ago are unlikely to pose any serious threat.

"We've a long way to go".

The 2010 world champions are three points clear of the Azzurri with three matches remaining and can take another major step toward securing a place in the finals in Russian Federation by beating Liechtenstein away on Tuesday.

While both sides would be confident of qualifying via a playoff, topping the group would allay any potentially tricky ties in November.

Meanwhile in Africa, Zambia overcame conceding a goal and having a player sent off inside 60 seconds to score a historic 3-1 World Cup qualifying victory over Algeria in Lusaka on Saturday. In the last five matches of Spain, they have three wins and two draws whereas Italy won all the matches.



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