Italy coach Antonio Conte has vented his frustration at the lack of time to work with his squad ahead of the Azzurri’s clash against Spain at the Stadio Friuli in Udine on Thursday evening.
The 46-year-old has refused to take the clashes against La Roja and World champions Germany lightly, using the opportunity against top opposition to test his squad ahead of this summer’s European Championships in France.
“These two matches are very important, even though there will be more friendlies after this and several months before the final squad is announced,” Conte told reporters ahead of the match.
“I would have loved to see these players for a longer period but that wasn’t possible, so I will try to get as much of a response from them as I can while they are here.
“I’ll have to pay particular attention in training to see if the new players can be useful at the Euros.
“I expect all of them to implement what we have been working on over the past few days, even though it isn’t easy to prepare for a match after not seeing the players for such a long period.”